So how many American libertarians are there, anyway?

There are lots of us: regardless of party label, about 15-18% of Americans have libertarian views. (The formal Libertarian Party may be small, but libertarians among the major parties and independents amount to about one of every six voters.)

Although other surveys put the percentage still higher, these proportions put libertarian-oriented preferences in the very thick of political and social life.

David Boaz explains how he and his colleague David Kirby calculated the number of liberty-oriented voters:

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