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what we're going to do in this video is think about how a person's environment or experiences affects their political perspective their political attitudes so one way to think about it is how is your socialization your political socialization how does that drive your political attitudes and I encourage you pause this video think about your own political leanings whether you lean to the left or you lean to the right where did that come from was it just you in a vacuum thinking about things or were you influenced by your family your friends your school maybe the media maybe something that you're part of maybe a club or a church mosque synagogue or temple and this is actually an area of study for political scientists and as you could imagine some of the things that I just mentioned are significant factors that people have studied in terms of what develops people's political attitudes if you come from a family of staunch Democrat you're more likely to be a Democrat or at least lean to the left if the environment of your school or what you were exposed to in school leans one way or another you are likely more likely to lean in that direction if your friends go one direction rather that could be a very powerful influence obviously what you're exposed to in the media and out of all of these the one that's maybe the most studied is the notion of family and to appreciate this idea let's look at this diagram right over here so I encourage you to pause this video and see if you can make sense of this before we do that together all right it says percentage intergenerational resemblance in partisan orientation and this data is from 1992 so it shows three different scenarios one scenario where we are looking at folks where both parents are Democrats another scenario where we're looking at folks were both parents are Republicans and then another scenario where there is no consistent partisanship among parents so neither they are split or maybe they are independent and actually if we look at this third scenario first you see that it's a pretty symmetrical distribution green shows of people whose parents show no partisan preference 17% are pure in depend about 18% lean towards the Democrats 16% lean to the Republican that's about the same 14% are weak Democrats 14% of weak republicans 10% are strong Democrats 10% are strong Republicans so it's a pretty balanced distribution here but then if you look at the scenario where both parents are Democrats you see that of those folks only what is this this is 8 plus 6 is 14 plus 7 only 21% are Republicans and if you go the other way where both parents are Republicans you have only 18 percent of those folks become Democrats so this is just interesting food for thought a lot of us really like to believe including myself that hey I've come to all of these conclusions based on completely impartial thoughts about how the world should be but we are influenced by our environment and especially from our family and frankly even the folks who go in a different direction than their families that might have been because of their family maybe they decide that hey dad always frustrated me one way or the other so I'm gonna go the other way or item I'm gonna rebel a little bit and I'm gonna go the other way because I am a free thinker but even in that situation you are being influenced by your environment