Do people belong to a party based on their beliefs, or do they belong to a party based on whether they claim to be? Or is it dependent on both?

crmoore
For example, if someone were to hypothetically agree with every single Democrat policy (and maybe even oppose every other/most other policies), but claim they're not a Democrat, would they be Democrat or not?

Do things differ if you were to replace Democrat or Republican with terms like Liberal or Conservative?
Do people belong to a party based on their beliefs, or do they belong to a party based on whether they claim to be? Or is it dependent on both?
Do people belong to a party based on their beliefs, or do they belong to a party based on whether they claim to be? Or is it dependent on both?
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