Do you have the same political leanings as your siblings?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

zzar45 :  yeah, I can think of more examples that blow up my theory too.  I thought it made sense on paper! Lol

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My little sister and I have the same political view. We agree on everything, really, despite the age gap being 7 years. Our parents share generally the same views as ours. My Fiance and his brother has exactly the same view as well. But they definitely are in the opposite side from their parents and sister. It gets really really intense this last one year in every family gathering. It’s always their parents or sister who bring up politics and religion though. Usually I will just browse weddingbee when they start bringing it up. Lol

ETA: his far uncle who is against any kind of foreigner (quoting him, literally: “brits german and americans are trash we are the best”) in their country is not invited to our wedding and Future Mother-In-Law is very passive agressive in criticizing him for letting political view divide the family. Well, i’m a foreigner here so yea.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee

craigslistgirl :  I don’t find not voting in the last election that “unbelievable” at all, especially for a politically apathetic person.  If you take away ideology, you’d find two really shitty candidates.  

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We have very similar beliefs. As a whole we’re a very liberal family. Although I identify as a democratic socialist while my brothers identify as democrats. So I’m more left than they are. My older brother is even more suspicious of the government than I am. My mom believes in similar things but is less informed about it and is less political so she doesn’t actually know that she agrees but then when we talk to her about this stuff she goes “oh yeah that makes a lot of sense”. My dad is more of an old-school democrat, but has also always slightly distrusted the government and authority, and has started to go more left after the election.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

No. My sibling has NO IDEA what is going on in the world and doesn’t give a rip about ANYTHING other than social media and her marriage. We couldn’t be more different. She doesn’t even vote and refuses to discuss religion or politics – not to avoid arguments but because she is so uninformed on those topics.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

megrays :  I’ve seen some evidence to the birth order theory as well. I am more left leaning than my older brother, SO is more left leaning than his older sister, my best friend is more left leaning than her older sister, etc. Of course these are all cases of the older sibling being more conservative, so I’d be interested in seeing if that’s a trend as well. 

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m a liberal but my sisters are extremely left wing progressives. Like I worked in politics a while and believe in governance and compromising to reach an agreement like the budget. They believe that working with anyone who doesn’t share every last one of your values is treasonous and that one should never ever ever ever ever compromise on ones principles, even if it means shutting down the government. I often point to my stint in politics as why their methods won’t work, particularly since there’s people on the other end of the spectrum who feel the same way, but I might as well be talking to a brick wall sometimes.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

 We all skew the same way, with my sister taking it to the far end of the spectrum. We agree on basic principles, but maybe not exactly how they play out in the real world.

Post # 40
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

In my family we’re all pretty similar, right on down to my baby sister (who is 14 & 17 years younger than my brother and I). Our parents are also similar.

I’m not actually sure about DH’s sister. We’ve never talked politices but I’d be willing to bet that we are NOT on the same page. DH’s mom shares our political beliefes, while his stepdad is the opposite.

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

fromatoz :  We are all really different.  I’m a left-leaning centrist (bleeding heart liberal to my family), my sister is a true libertarian and my brother is very conservative.  Our parents are about as conservative as you can get, and have grown more conservative over time, which makes sense because my brother is the youngest.  He also has lived his entire adult life in the south.  My sister began to become libertarian when she started dating her now husband.  My parents, sister, and brother are all quite religious while Darling Husband and I are not.

I suppose my views became increasingly more left when I went to a very liberal law school.  I now live in D.C., so we talk about politics an awful lot here.  I am big on compromising (hence centrist) and like to hear both sides out, but have very strong opinions on the things that matter the most to me.  It’s definitely interesting that the same parents could raise kids with there very different political perspectives, and it makes family holidays… interesting 😛 since we’re all quite outspoken.

Post # 42
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

fromatoz :  Of my three siblings, I side with one of my sisters and my brother politically 100%. My other sister is a fiscal Republican, social Democrat, but she voted Republican in many elections. The 2016 election was actually the first time all four of us voted for the same person because my sister thinks Donald Trump is a repugnant excuse for a human and did not want to vote for him. My sister thinks that some of my views are a little “hippy dippy” whereas she is at a much higher percent bracket in terms of income (she makes about 10x as much as I do), so a lot of her decisions come based on that, whereas I vote for, fight for, and place more importance on social issues. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee

My brother (almost 7 years younger) is a little more conservative than I am but we agree on most of the major issues. We were raised by the same parents in the same house. My parents are rather liberal but interestingly still agree with my brother on one main issue that would lean more conservative. 

FWIW my parents grew up in the South and my brother has attended a religious school his whole life whereas I went to public highschool (which is when I stopped supporting this conservative belief the 3 of them still hold)

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

megrays :  Maybe you are right about the birth order thing! I am pretty conservative, my younger brother (7 years younger)is very liberal and my youngest (11 years younger)says he is an anarchist but he is 20 and I don’t believe he knows much about what he really is yet.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

styjen :  yes, it was about which candidate you found less shitty than the other.

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