In politics if you hear someone is a member of the Republican or Democratic Party do you automatically assume they are conservative/liberal (respectively) or assume them to be more moderate?
Just depends. Saying you were a conservative/liberal has meant different things pretty much every two decades throughout the history of this country. I think the GOP is near unanimously conservative on fiscal issues, and CURRENT elected Dems...
... seem almost completely united on social issues. The voters of each party are obviously very diverse.
It depends on the office. In Congress, I assume that most congressmen are liberal or conservative and not moderate. In the Massachusetts General Court, I assume that most Democrats are left to far left ideologically and most Republicans are moderate
I ask them certain questions first to find out if they're far left/right or moderate.
I don't really assume. I listen to what they say about certain things first.
GOP I assume fringe
DFL I assume moderate
But then again, I can count the number of GOPers I've talked with in the past month on a hand without fingers. City life.
Minneapolis' suburbs are very loyally Republican while most of the rural northern part of the state favors Democrats. It's certainly not as simple as an urban/rural divide...
I assume moderate. I know there are people on the edges, but they usually don't refer to themselves/don't identify as republicans/democrats.
I agree with that. Some of the most liberal users I know will not admit to being democrats and the most conservative users say they are tea partiers.