There are so many influences in my life. Politically speaking, one of my best friends, Quinn, one of my professors in college, Dr. Lorch, and videos of longer sit down, one with one discussions between intelligent people talking politics (not necessarily politicians).
Although, the first two didn't influence me in ways that one would expect. Both actually held their impact through their love of logical filtering. Dr. Lorch taught me discrete mathematics, and Quinn does higher level discrete through coding and machine learning. It is all based around what we can and can't determine, then applying logical razors to come to a reasonable conclusion.
My underlying views before looking at politics through this light were just from my parents and hometown.