Devotees of libertarian candidate Ron Paul occupied the Minnesota GOP State Convention this weekend, winning all but one of the national convention delegate positions. It was a remarkable organizing feat.
But will the Minnesota GOP’s dramatic lunge to libertarianism be a winner on Election Day? Polling on issues pushed by Paul isn’t promising:
- LEGALIZING DRUGS – 84% OPPOSE. In a Rasmussen poll released yesterday, Paul’s support for legalizing cocaine is opposed by 84% of Americans.
- LEGALIZING PROSTUTION – 81% OPPOSE. A national survey from the mid-1990s found Paul’s position of of legalizing prostitution running opposed by 81%.
- CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY – 72% OPPOSE. A June 2011 PPP survey of Minnesotans shows 72% of all voters, 69% of Independents and 61% of Tea Partiers, oppose cuts in Social Security. Paul says the national Social Security program is unconstitutional and should be eliminated.
- CUTTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS – 77% OPPOSE. An August 2011 PPP survey didn’t find much support in Minnesota for Paul’s call to cut environmental regulations. Over three-fourths (77%) of Minnesotans say environmental laws should not be weakened or repealed for industries, even if industries claim the move is necessary to create jobs.
I couldn’t find any polling on eliminating the Federal Reserve or switching to the gold standard. I’m just guessing here, but there might be a pretty solid majority for “Not Sure” on those obscure Ron Paul fetishes.
One Paul position that does have a plurality of support is pulling out of Afghanistan. Almost half (47%) of Americans would like to withdraw from Afghanistan sooner than the current timetable. Congressman Paul’s opposition to banning same sex marriage also has majority support in some polls.
But with those exceptions, an overwhelming majority of Minnesotans don’t seem to be nearly as enamored with Paul’s libertarian policy agenda as Minnesota Republican activists are.