A plurality of young voters who cast ballots in 2012 now identify as conservatives — and those who say they will definitely vote this cycle say they would prefer to see a Republican-controlled Congress, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Harvard Institute of Politics survey, which polled voters ages 18 to 29, found that 35 percent of young voters who cast ballots in 2012 think of themselves as conservatives, vs. 33 percent who say they are liberals and 28 percent who say they are moderates.

That slight conservative edge among young voters is also reflected in which party "definite" voters said they would like to see in power: 51 percent said they would like to see a Republican-controlled Congress vs. 47 percent who said they would like to see Democrats in charge. (Only 26 percent, however, said they will definitely be voting; an additional 16 percent said they will "probably" vote. Among the general population — that is, those who did not say they are certain to vote — 50 percent said they would like to see a Democratic majority vs. 43 percent who said they'd like to see Republicans take control.)

Interestingly, those ideological predispositions don’t directly translate to clear-cut party affiliation numbers. A whopping 42 percent identify as independents, followed by 33 percent who say they are Democrats and 22 percent who say they are Republicans. In all, 53 percent said they voted for Barack Obama in 2012 compared to 33 percent who said they supported Mitt Romney. But the president's overall approval is a dismal 43 percent.

If you're interested in seeing the entire report and/or sifting through the data yourself, you can find the full results here.

The survey of 2,029 18- to 29-year-olds was conducted between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 and has a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.