What motivates one to identify with a particular political identity? What makes them decide to take on the label of Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal? Can we predict someone’s political affiliation just by knowing their parent’s political identity, their geographic location? What roles does personal experiences play within one’s political identity? By looking at several key factors we can ascertain a fair amount of predictive information when it comes to predicting the likely political leanings of an individual. What should we do with such information? Are certain psychological traits more aligned with certain political ideologies? Science has shown there to be a link between empathy and a likelihood for someone to be more liberal. How much do our genes influence our political beliefs, or is our environment, studies suggest both play a key role in shaping our beliefs.