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The Social Issues You Care About Most  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules Vote 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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1
Ineffective Government is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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?  

2
Poverty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Poverty
More Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.
3
Education is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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From public school curriculum to college tuition, are our children getting the educational opportunities they deserve?

4
Pollution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

5
Homelessness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Homelessness

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

6
Civil Rights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

7
Affordable Housing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Affordable Housing

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

8
Immigration is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Immigration

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

9
Police Brutality is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Police Brutality

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

10
Health Care Reform is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Health Care Reform

Do enough Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare? 

11
Corporate Influence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Corporate Influence

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

12
Student Loan Debt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

13
Climate Change is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Climate Change
Is it a threat to our existence or a hoax?
14
Moral Decline is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Moral Decline

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

15
Racism is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Racism
Some people think it's worse than ever, others think it's dead in America.
16
Unemployment is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Unemployment

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

17
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Terrorism

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

18
Green Energy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

19
Income Inequality is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

20
Abortion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Abortion

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

21
Bullying is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Bullying

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

22
Animal Rights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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. 

23
Vaccines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Vaccines

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

24
Campaign Finance Reform is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Campaign Finance Reform

Some feel having no cap on campaign donations can lead to unfair corporate and private influence over politics, while others feel companies and citizens should be free to donate money as they see fit. 

25
Gun Control is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Gun Control

Do private citizens have the right to own guns - including assault rifles - or should access to fire arms be limited for public safety?