I am curious so I will ask here on AR. I was raised by fairly conservative parents. My mom was a right leaning Democrat and my dad was a pretty solid Republican. As I grew up I started out as a Democrat but quicklly discovered that I did not agree with most of their platform. When Ronald Reagan ran in 1980, I became a full on Republican. My wife was raised by pretty left leaning Democrats. Her parents campaigned for Adlai Stevenson and thought Jimmy Carter was too conservative because he went to church. My wife and her family were very active in Democrat politics and she attended a few national conventions with her family as a child. She also started out as a Democrat and slowly found that she did not agree with their platform. My wife is now more conservative than I.
I am just wondering how the rest of you came to your present state of political leanings? Did you start out one way and switch or have you been fairly stable? Are you of the same idealogy as your parents?