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Jonathan Bernstein

Catch of the Day: Lonely Libertarians

Just because a lot of people have libertarian positions on a couple of issues doesn't mean Rand Paul has a chance.
If only it were this easy to capture voters.

If only it were this easy to capture voters.

Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

A Catch to Nate Silver, who notes that while there are very few libertarians among U.S. voters -- which is part of what dooms the presidential hopes of Rand Paul -- there are plenty of people who appear to have libertarian views on multiple issues.

Only 1 in 9 voters call themselves “libertarian,” but 22 percent of them support the libertarian combination of favoring marriage equality and opposing government action to attack income inequality.