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The Social Issues You Care About Most

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. 

  • 1

    Poverty

    14,648
    4,366
    More Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.
  • 2

    Civil Rights

    11,641
    4,207

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

  • 3

    Education

    14,541
    4,698

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

  • 4

    Pollution

    13,839
    2,941

    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

    Affordable Housing

    9,427
    3,478

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

  • 6

    Homelessness

    9,721
    3,735

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

  • 7

    Climate Change

    9,624
    3,592
    Is it a threat to our existence or a hoax?
  • 8

    Health Care Reform

    6,785
    2,839

    Do enough Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare? 

  • 9

    Terrorism

    8,579
    3,452

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

  • 10

    Ineffective Government

    9,898
    4,441

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

  • 11

    Police Brutality

    9,532
    4,386

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

  • 12

    Bullying

    8,261
    3,461

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

  • 13

    Student Loan Debt

    8,576
    3,876

    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? 

  • 14

    Animal Rights

    6,846
    3,026

    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. 

  • 15

    Abortion

    7,619
    3,608

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

  • 16

    Poaching

    6,049
    2,667
    Is it right for endangered animals to be killed for sport or products?
  • 17

    Green Energy

    6,706
    3,089

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

  • 18

    Corporate Influence

    5,665
    2,712

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

  • 19

    Income Inequality

    6,315
    3,253

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

  • 20

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    4,604
    2,004

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

  • 21

    Moral Decline

    7,107
    3,819

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

  • 22

    Immigration

    9,366
    4,613

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

  • 23

    Unemployment

    5,499
    3,221

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

  • 24

    Childhood Obesity

    5,388
    2,693

    The rate of childhood obesity is nearly 20% and rising. Should the government be doing more to promote healthy eating and exercise? 

  • 25

    Vaccines

    5,627
    2,664

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