What are the major political issues that concern you most right now? Political issues today run the gamut from domestic and foreign issues of all kinds. Are they national security or economic? Social issues or legal? What should we be focusing on most in the coming years and election cycles? And are you concerned about something even if it doesn't directly affect you? Vote on this list of the most important current political issues to make your opinion heard.
Which political issues matter to you most? Vote down the ones that are irrelevant or that distract from what America and US politicians in the government should really be focused on. And if you feel there are any issues not on the list that are important to the future of the United States, feel free to add them. There are more than enough issues for everyone out there to have a spirited debate.
No matter how you feel about these issues, or what side of the debate you're on, as long as you think they are important topics that should matter to all Americans, then vote them up!
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Require all three branches of government to obey the constitution
Free SpeechIt’s the bedrock of the Bill of Rights, but what constitutes free and protected speech is debatable. Can people just “say anything they want” over any media, or are there limits even to that?
Social Security and MedicareAs the first baby boomers retire, the two entitlements of Social Security and Medicare will be called on more than ever to provide health care and financial stability. Are they fiscally solvent?
ImmigrationImmigrants make up an ever-increasing percentage of the population, and many are entering the US illegally. But what to do about it, and how to handle immigrants who are already in the US are hugely contentious issues.
TerrorismThe threat of terror attacks in the United States has decreased, but there have still been numerous incidents overseas. How much of a role does this play in American foreign policy?
AbortionNo issue is more contentious, and demanding of a hard-line stance from politicians in both major parties. Is it even possible to debate this issue in a civilized manner?
Gun ControlGuns have never been easier to get in the US. But is this what the Founding Fathers intended when then wrote the Second Amendment? Laws that some feel are common sense are unacceptable infringements to others.
Tax ReformIncome taxes are actually much lower now than they were a few decades ago. But many anti-tax advocates continue to insist that taxes are too high and that the tax code is much too complex.
UnemploymentWhile unemployment is down, many economists believe this is either due to part-time jobs or to workers leaving the work force.
Campaign Finance ReformIn the wake of the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling, corporations have the ability to donate huge sums of money to shadowy and secretive political action committees.
Religious FreedomIs it right for a business to deny service or goods to someone based on their religious beliefs? Does government have a role in policing this?
Climate ChangeA large amount of research confirms that the planet’s climate is changing, with temperatures increasing and sea levels rising. But it’s still not clear how much of this is due to human activity, and how much is part of a natural cycle.
RacismIs racism as prevalent in American politics as it was before the Civil Rights movement began? Or has little changed, despite the progress made?
HomelessnessOver 600,000 Americans were homeless in 2014. What is society’s role in preventing this and helping to get people off the streets?
Net NeutralityThe role of corporations and government in determining Internet access and speed is hugely important in the future of commerce and free speech.
Border SecurityMany candidates built their platforms around securing the US border with Mexico, but there is intense disagreement about how to do it in the most effective way.
Student LoansAmerican college graduates are leaving school with crushing debt loads that take decades to pay off, and many don’t understand the terms of the loans they’re signing.
VaccinesDespite overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and effective, many politicians still express anti-vaccine or alternative medicine views. More states are also looking into ending exemptions based on personal beliefs.
Minimum WageIndividual cities are increasing their minimum wages, but the federal minimum wage is still much lower. Some politicians believe there shouldn't be one at all, and that it hurts small businesses.
SurveillanceThe National Security Administration has tremendous power to watch us, read our emails and listen in on our phone calls. Some see it as a necessary security measure, others as a creepy infringement on privacy.
Health Care ReformWith dozens of congressional repeal votes and two Supreme Court decisions, it’s clear that Obamacare is a difficult issue, with a number of arguments both for and against.
ISISWhat role should the US have in combating ISIS? Should we send ground troops to fight them, or have we had enough when it comes to involvement in Iraq?
Equal PayDespite decades of progress, many women still earn less than their male counterparts in similar jobs. Does government have a role in closing the pay gap?
FrackingFinding alternative sources of energy is paramount, but fracking is a complex process that could have severe consequences for local cities and the environment.