When did you understand the actual meaning of politics? Who explained this term to you? Where did you gain your knowledge about political parties? Obviously, we do not think about such questions, because we think that we have always known about the organization of the government, duties and functions of our President. Of course, it is not right. We have spent much time to form our knowledge about various political issues. There are many factors, which have helped us develop and improve this knowledge. I will write about the most important of them.
Political socialization is a complex process. It is very difficult to form your own opinion about politics; therefore, your point of view is influenced by the range of factors. Family is the primary factor, which influences our political ideas. Every child copies and follows his parents’ behavior and shares their values. When your father enjoys football, you enjoy it too, because your father possesses the highest authority. When your father says that he is a Democrat or a Republican, you support one of these parties too, though you do not understand the slightest difference between them. When your uncle says that his business suffers from enormous taxation, you believe him. You begin hating taxation, though you do not know about it at all. With the run of time, you obtain knowledge about the definite politicians and their parties. You get to know about the laws dedicated to migration and healthcare funding. Of course, you receive this information from your family. Very often, every dinner turns into a political debate between the members of the family. They discuss domestic and foreign policy and you absorb this information too. Most often, the entire family shares common political values. They support the same party and vote for the same candidates. It is possible to say that political socialization begins in a family.