On the Masthead forums, one of the most heated discussions is about political persuasion: Can members of one party convince others to change their minds? That got us thinking about where people’s political beliefs come from in the first place. For many, it’s the family, though it turns out home life can just as easily push children to disagree with their parents as agree. In today’s email, we’re examining the research on how, exactly, the family shapes political beliefs. (Speaking of the forums, scroll down for an excerpt from McKay Coppins’s AMA today.)
Where Party and the Family Meet
By Abdallah Fayyad
In his recent profile of Stephen Miller, McKay Coppins noted that President Donald Trump’s senior policy advisor didn’t come from far right, or even right-leaning, roots. Before he gained national media attention as a conservative campus-provocateur at Duke, Miller was raised by Democrats in Santa Monica, California, where Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama won an overwhelming majority of votes for president.
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