Joe Kennedy may have only gathered 1% of the vote in his Libertarian bid for Senate in 2009, but there may be a new pool from which to tap new voters: MIT. From The Tech opinion page:
Interestingly, we found that MIT has a surprisingly strong libertarian streak — 498 people, or about 23 percent of respondents, said that they did consider themselves to be a libertarian. Of those, 35 percent said the Libertarian Party best reflects their views, and 23 percent said the Democratic Party best reflects their views. Only 30 self-identified libertarians, a mere six percent, felt the Tea Party best represented their views. That was only slightly less than the Republican Party, which captured 9 percent of self-identified Libertarians.
The poll, conducted in October, showed a full 9% of the respondents supporting the Libertarian Party. This number matched the support for the Republican Party, despite the fact that a significantly greater number of students are ideologically libertarian rather than members of the party. This seems to indicate room to grow for the party on campus.
There is no mention of the Green Party or other political parties, although ideologically much of the campus appears progressive. In addition, the poll has certain flaws- it was sent via email to all MIT students (to which 20% of the student body replied), so it has a certain degree of non-response bias.