Rasmussen has lot of ears in the blogosphere:that’s been a
The survey also asked respondents how they would vote if “a third party candidate ran in 2008 and promised to build a barrier along the Mexican border and make enforcement of immigration law his top priority.”
With that option, support fell sharply for both major parties. The Democrats still come out on top with support from 31% of Americans. The third party candidate moved into a virtual tie at 30% while the GOP fell to 21%.
The report goes on to say how natural it is for third party ideas to get co-opted by the two main parties (while failing to mention the sad but true difference between stealing a message and actually um… delivering once elected).
Personally, I think the border security issue is one easily tackled by a Libertarian candidate while still keeping with. Build a wall and promise to use our military on actual border security (because duh… that’s why we have a military). And bring the hammer down on those who want to throw the baby out with the bathwater by using that increased security and manpower to better screen those who wish to legally immigrate here. Hell, why not offer to build one on the Canadian border too in order to keep out future Celine Dions and Tom Greens? (Yes, that’s a joke)
Update: Yes, I know we’ve run this poll before, so why not go check out the blogs that are talking about it instead of emailing me?
Another update: Rasmussen himself blogs:
1. Most Americans in all states want a welcoming national immigration policy that lets our nation assimilate new people into the national melting pot. Our polls have consistently found strong support for a policy goal that welcomes everybody except criminals, national security, threats, and those who want to live off our welfare system.
2. Just as important, most Americans also want a policy that emphasizes enforcement first. They want the nation to gain control of its borders and enforce existing laws before other reforms are considered.
3. As a pragmatic step to support the first two points, most Americans want to build a barrier along the Mexican border.
Once again I would suggest the libertarian tie-in with non-interventionalism: put all those troops abroad on our borders.