Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Fair's Fair

Libertarian Badnarik May Cost Bush Support, Poll Finds

As discontent with Bush grows among people who consider themselves fiscal Republicans but question his foreign policy or his moves to limit stem-cell research and ban gay marriage, many of them are finding an alternative: the Libertarian Party and its candidate for president, Michael Badnarik. Wouldn't it be fitting if Bush, who came into office partly because of a third-party candidate, left it because of another?

To find out if you should vote Libertarian this fall, you can take a quiz that will show your place on the political map. Feel free to post your scores in the comments!


Richard said...

Here's mine:
Left-Liberals generally embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but support central decision-making in economics. They want the government to help the disadvantaged in the name of fairness. Liberals tend to tolerate social diversity, but work for what they might describe as "economic equality."

Anonymous said...

I wish pollsters would include Badnarik in their polls. I wouldn't be surprised to see him draw the same 2-4% support that Nader's getting if anyone ever included him.

Unfortunately, the media is head over heels in love with Nader's quixotic campaign. I doubt we'll ever hear about candidates on the right taking away votes from Bush.

Anonymous said...

Erg, that was me.

--mattbot, on the web at

Richard said...

I agree that it would be nice to see both Nader and Badnarik included in polls. The fact that he's being written about in the L.A. Times, and that his candidacy is popping up on my radar, is a good sign that some major poll might soon include him. The more free publicity Badnarik gets, the worse things will be for Bush. And we all know how I feel about that...

Didn't you want to take the quiz, mattbot?

Anonymous said...

I scored Centrist but my red dot is on the line between Centrist and Left-Liberal. Sounds about right, except maybe for the "open mind" part, at least in this election year. Heh.

Centrists favor selective government intervention and emphasize what they commonly describe as "practical solutions" to current problems. They tend to keep an open mind on political issues. Many centrists feel that government serves as a check on excessive liberty.