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When did you become a political lefty or righty? In college? In high school? Or in kindergarten?

A new study adds to growing evidence that political persuasions are closely linked to personality traits, and therefore may be determined early in life.

The study, in the October issue of the journal Personality and Individual Differences, examined voters in five European countries: Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, and Poland. The researchers examined the gender, age, income, and education level of those who acknowledged voting for the main liberal or conservative party. They also used questionnaires to determine the personality profiles of the subjects, drawing on a standard assessment of personality traits known as the “big five” model. The big five traits are openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and neuroticism.