Libertarian Values & a Divide in the Republican Party

The latest survey by the Public Religion Research Institute paints a revealing portrait of contemporary libertarians in the United States. They are 95 percent white, 64 percent male, and 61 percent under the age of 50. Their educational attainment is above average: 36 percent have a BA or more, compared to 29 percent for the general population and 31 percent for whites. They tilt to the right politically: 55 percent regard themselves as conservative, and 45 percent identify as Republicans. …

Commitment to individual liberty, responsibility, and self-determination is the hallmark of the libertarian creed. They overwhelmingly believe that people should get ahead on their own without government assistance and that individuals should take responsibility for getting health insurance. CONT.

 Bill Galston, Brookings Institution