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    Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    In many of my political science classes we talk about how people choose their partisanship/ideology. One of the main ways people socially become their political partisanship/ideology is because of their parents and share the same partisanship/ideology.
    So my question to you is: "Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?"


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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Ill start.
    I am not. I was raised in a very conservative household. My father was a conservative and so was my mother. I became a left winger during the Iraq war and this is when i started getting into politics. I questioned the war once i was around 13. Three things had a huge influence on my life and political leaning; music, documentaries, and my uncle. The band Rage Against the Machine introduced me into a whole new political world and had a huge impact on me getting into politics and another view of the world. Documentaries had a huge effect on me also. My uncle on my moms side he is a political science teacher at Georgia and he introduced me to also a new view on the world and more political ideals.


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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    My parents are the stereotypical bible belt conservatives. We can agree pretty much on economics, but when it comes to social issues like equal rights and things that jesus doesn't agree with, they're big ol' statists.

    So I would say we're quite different, especially in the way we look at things.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    In many of my political science classes we talk about how people choose their partisanship/ideology. One of the main ways people socially become their political partisanship/ideology is because of their parents and share the same partisanship/ideology.
    So my question to you is: "Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?"
    Nope. Neither of my parents are politically active, but my Dad is generally a liberal and my Mom is Conservative across the board. My positions don't fit in with either. I've never even really talked to them about politics, so it makes sense that they didn't influence my beliefs much.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    I have a feeling the results of this poll won't be indicative of society at large. I think people who participate on DP put more thought and consideration into their political beliefs than the average person, who may very well just adopt what their parents happen to believe without a second thought.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    Lets just say my dad thinks Libertarians are insane, stubborn, and selfish.

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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    I'm pretty similar to my parents politically. However, I wouldn't say that we're identical.

    My father has a tendency to harbor some vaguely goofy and borderline psychopathic ideas regarding religious identity and nationalism. For instance, he is adamant in the view that there can be no such thing as a "moderate muslim," and that Muslim citizens in Western nations should always be regarded as potential subversives and terrorists. He has even (half-jokingly) suggested that the "neutron bomb" would be an excellent solution to all of our current problems in the Middle East on several occasions.

    While I would certainly agree that Islam holds certain beliefs which are pretty much always going to be at odds with modern cultural values, I simply can't agree with such a hardline xenophobic view. You could make many of the same arguments with regards to Christianity, but I don't think that any sane person would argue that Christians need to be outright nuked off of the face of the planet in the name of the "greater good."

    My father is a fairly calm and rational guy regarding most other issues, so I've always found this particular aspect of his ideology to be somewhat disturbing.

    My mother, on the other hand, is a former Southern Baptist who converted to Catholicism when she married my father. She still carries around some vestigal remnants of her former religion in her personal belief system.

    She hates drinking and smoking of any kind with a passion. Furthermore, while she isn't a full blown creationist, she is extremely uncomfortable with the idea of evolution.

    I'm not uncomfortable reconciling evolution with my Christian beliefs in the slightest. I'm also in the military, so you'd better believe that I've partaken in more than my fair share of debauchery.

    She actually lectures me about how I'm well on my way to becoming an "alcoholic" any and every time I spend a night out on the town.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    My patents were far right wing conservatives and fundamentalist Christian. I was both but over the last couple decades I am much more liberal in both areas.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    We're somewhat the same.

    My parents went from serious Republicans to Independents over the years. I'm not sure how they feel about Evolution as a whole, though the idea of teaching Creationism in science classes is a bad joke to them (it is, anyway). My mother's about given up all hope on taking the Republican party seriously these days, and on another note, she has a serious dislike for Ron Paul.

    We have some things in common, so I voted yes.
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    Re: Are You the Same Partisanship/ideology as Your Parents?

    My parents didn't talk politics a lot so honestly I don't know.

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