From where do people receive their earliest political socialization?

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Different people receive their first explicit political socialization from different places.  For example, a person whose family is not very interested in politics might grow up not knowing much about politics and the parties and political issues.  However, for most people, some political socialization begins with the family.  People listen to their families talk about things like taxes or about wars that are going on or about elections.  They learn what their parents think about things such as punishments for criminals or about rich people or poor people.  By listening to these sorts of things, they are getting a basic socialization in ideas that have a political aspect.  This is their earliest political socialization even if it is not the sort of thing that makes them know they are a Democrat or a Republican.