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The Social Issues You Care About Most

Updated October 7, 2020 452.9k votes 50.3k voters 955.3k views45 items

List RulesVote up the issues you care about the most, no matter what side you're on.

More than ever, Americans have their finger on the pulse of social issues - and they aren't shy about expressing it. Social media has become a forum, allowing more Americans than ever to openly express their opinions about current events. While polling has the economy in general as the most vital social issue in America, it's far from the only thing that has Americans paying attention. If op-eds, political talk shows, and topics trending on social media are any indication, Americans today care about an incredibly diverse range of topics. We now live in an age where anyone can have their voice heard with just a few clicks. This means previously overlooked sociological concerns are ripe for examination - and some healthy debate. 

What popular social issues do you care most about? There are those issues that hit closest to home. Educational issues like student debt are a major concern. Civil rights, poverty, and access to affordable housing are current concerns that affect many in a direct, immediate fashion. Other societal problems represent larger - and often more existential - concerns. The environment, climate change, and the ethics of scientific research affect us all, but their implications are often felt in an indirect fashion. Nevertheless, you may still feel a passionate dedication to these types of causes. Here you will find examples of major social issues as well as names of types of different challenges society faces. 

Where do you stand on the list of current social issues below? How do you think the United States, and the world in general, are doing at addressing them? Vote up the social issues that mean the most to you. 

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  • Poverty1
    14,967
    4,366

    Poverty

    More Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.
  • Pollution2
    14,168
    2,904

    Pollution

    The United States is second only to China when it comes to producing greenhouse gas. Should the country do more to lessen its carbon footprint? 

  • Education3
    15,004
    4,927

    Education

    From public school curriculum to college tuition, are our children getting the educational opportunities they deserve?

  • Civil Rights4
    11,645
    4,314

    Civil Rights

    Are there equal opportunities for people of all races in the United States? How far do stil we need to go to ensure equality? 

  • Affordable Housing5
    9,470
    3,474

    Affordable Housing

    In the United States, more than 11 million households spend over half their monthly income on rent. 

  • Homelessness6
    9,890
    3,753

    Homelessness

    Over 500,000 people in the United States are homeless. What can be done to get people off the streets? 

  • Climate Change7
    9,659
    3,491

    Climate Change

    Is it a threat to our existence or a hoax?
  • Terrorism8
    8,688
    3,483

    Terrorism

    Is the United States at risk for at home terrorists attacks and should the country step up efforts to end terrorism worldwide? 

  • Health Care Reform9
    6,613
    2,856

    Health Care Reform

    Do enough Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare? 

  • Racism10
    11,289
    3,705

    Racism

    Some people think it's worse than ever, others think it's dead in America.
  • Ineffective Government11
    10,424
    4,688

    Ineffective Government

    As of 2017, polls indicated public trust in the government was at all time lows. Should the government work to function more efficiently?  

  • Police Brutality12
    9,781
    4,487

    Police Brutality

    Roughly 23% of police misconduct reports involve the use of excessive force. 

  • Bullying13
    8,416
    3,436

    Bullying

    In public schools, colleges, and places of work, citizens remain concerned about various forms of bullying creating a hostile atmosphere. 

  • Student Loan Debt14
    9,011
    3,786

    Student Loan Debt

    Half of all people with a bachelor's degree and outstanding student loan debts say their degree was not worth the investment. Should we do more to lessen tuition costs? 

  • Green Energy15
    6,875
    3,023

    Green Energy

    Is investing in solar panels and wind power a pricey waste of time, or something that could create jobs and protect the environment? 

  • Vaccines16
    5,765
    2,517

    Vaccines

    Vaccines can help prevent dangerous diseases, but some fear routine shots can cause serious complications. Should vaccines be mandatory for everyone? 

  • Abortion17
    7,660
    3,657

    Abortion

    Should women always have the right to choose or should access to abortion be limited, or even outright banned? 

  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research18
    4,580
    1,889

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    Studying stem cells from early stage embryos could help doctors study and possibly cure various diseases. But is using them ethical? 

  • Corporate Influence19
    5,691
    2,776

    Corporate Influence

    Many Americans feel corporations have too much sway in politics and the media. Should there be limits to corporate power? 

  • Immigration20
    9,939
    4,771

    Immigration

    From the Mexican border to Syrian refugees, what constitutes a fair and ethical United States immigration system?

  • Income Inequality21
    6,407
    3,304

    Income Inequality

    The top 1% of Americans make twice as much as the bottom 90% - should the United States be doing more to equalize income? 

  • Animal Rights22
    7,019
    3,057

    Animal Rights

    From ethical concerns over factory farms to issues of animal testing, many Americans feel we should do more to ensure the moral treatment of animals. 

  • Poaching23
    6,060
    2,638

    Poaching

    Is it right for endangered animals to be killed for sport or products?
  • Unemployment24
    5,675
    3,328

    Unemployment

    While employment rates are trending up overall nationwide, a good chunk of the country remains unemployed or underemployed. 

  • Moral Decline25
    7,424
    3,981

    Moral Decline

    Many Americans think our morals as a country are worse than ever.