Adding some credence to the notion that increasing amounts of non-major-party identified voters are leaning libertarian, Ron Paul would beat Obama handily among them, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling: Ron Paul is the most popular out of the whole group with independents. They see him favorably by a 35/25 margin.
This leads the pollsters on their blog to offer Paul some candid, pollster-to-pol advice:
If his goal is really to be President rather than to influence the national dialogue then he should probably keep on trying to win the GOP nomination, as improbable as that might be. But if he wants to guarantee himself a major role in the 2012 contest he should run as a third party candidate instead. Polling at 5-10% nationally in the general election would get his views a much wider airing than just trudging along through the Republican nomination process and hoping to get 10-15% in each primary.
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Matt Collins, Regular Columnist
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