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.
PovertyMore Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.
From public school curriculum to college tuition, are our children getting the educational opportunities they deserve?
Are there equal opportunities for people of all races in the United States? How far do stil we need to go to ensure equality?
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?
In the United States, more than 11 million households spend over half their monthly income on rent.
Is the United States at risk for at home terrorists attacks and should the country step up efforts to end terrorism worldwide?
Climate ChangeIs it a threat to our existence or a hoax?
Health Care Reform
Do enough Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare?
In public schools, colleges, and places of work, citizens remain concerned about various forms of bullying creating a hostile atmosphere.
Roughly 23% of police misconduct reports involve the use of excessive force.
Over 500,000 people in the United States are homeless. What can be done to get people off the streets?
As of 2017, polls indicated public trust in the government was at all time lows. Should the government work to function more efficiently?
Many Americans feel corporations have too much sway in politics and the media. Should there be limits to corporate power?
Should women always have the right to choose or should access to abortion be limited, or even outright banned?
PoachingIs it right for endangered animals to be killed for sport or products?
The top 1% of Americans make twice as much as the bottom 90% - should the United States be doing more to equalize income?
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.
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?
Many Americans think our morals as a country are worse than ever.
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?
Is investing in solar panels and wind power a pricey waste of time, or something that could create jobs and protect the environment?
Vaccines can help prevent dangerous diseases, but some fear routine shots can cause serious complications. Should vaccines be mandatory for everyone?
The rate of childhood obesity is nearly 20% and rising. Should the government be doing more to promote healthy eating and exercise?
While employment rates are trending up overall nationwide, a good chunk of the country remains unemployed or underemployed.
The government seems to have more access to our personal lives than ever before. What can we do to ensure our privacy?