The archive of polls at the Libertarian Party website has been purged of reference to a recent poll on the necessity of government. As of the last time I checked the poll, the results were as follows:
Do you believe there is a necessary and proper role for government in society?
22% (196 votes)
13% (113 votes)
65% (569 votes)
Total votes: 878
Subsequent reports claimed that the poll received many more votes, but continued to show a strong majority opposed to the idea that government has a necessary and proper role.
On the same day as the poll which has been removed, LP.org published a blog entry by Director of Communications Andrew Davis which claimed that â€˜We (the Libertarian Party) do believe government has a function in the economyâ€™.
A different poll, asking a virtual identical question, but showing the opposite results from the one that has been removed, remains in the LP.org archives.
As a result of party members expressing their concerns, a discussion reportedly has taken (or is taking) place on the LNC list about providing responders to LP.org polls with information about the Libertarian Party position on issues, and staff members are working with members of the LNC to implement a system for doing so. However, although not much time has passed on this, thus far the only evidence that staff are trying to integrate the daily polls into more substantive content has been the poll which has been removed in conjunction with the blog posting referenced above.