i'm not just referring to conservatives. as i noted in a message above, i pointed out that many on both the democratic and republican sides vote pure party ticket. this is the traditional delineation of "conservative" vs. "liberal" even though it's obviously arbitrary and more complex than this.
i'm not telling anybody that they have to believe what i believe. i just think everyone needs to find a foundation for their beliefs that has been developed over time by themselves and with influence from others, rather than adopting a foundation that never sees a moment of self-criticism. obviously, there is not one moment in time in which everyone questions everything they believe. having an identity is not tied to your political ideology, or going back to what this discussion started out being, believing in the sanctity of life but approving of the death penalty.
Sorry, wrong, your identity is tied to your ideas. Your ideas include your political ideology. It's very fundamental. It's not all you are, but it IS a huge part of who you are, and I don't know how you could reasonably try to argue otherwise.
There is no one moment in time where people question everything they believe. But at different moments through time, most people ask all the existential questions. Why am I here? What is my purpose? And what does that mean? The answers they come to on these kinds of issues will likely determine the way they approach politics. Incidentally, the answers to these questions are also tied to their religion. That's why I don't think it's unreasonable to think that someone who votes for Candidate X, when their pastor said to vote for Candidate X, would have voted for Candidate X whether or not their pastor said anything.