politics The Social Issues You Care About Most  

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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 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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4,127 1,972
Education is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
slaft added Education

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

2
3,927 1,407
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
3,496 1,856
Civil Rights is listed (or ranked) 3 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? 

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2,700 1,735
Ineffective Government is listed (or ranked) 4 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?  

5
3,507 1,216
Pollution is listed (or ranked) 5 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? 

6
3,067 1,671
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 6 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? 

7
2,726 1,456
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
2,769 1,817
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
2,727 1,775
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
2,594 1,061
Student Loan Debt is listed (or ranked) 10 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? 

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3,310 1,262
Racism is listed (or ranked) 11 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.

12
3,061 1,323
Bullying is listed (or ranked) 12 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. 

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13
2,000 1,265
Homelessness is listed (or ranked) 13 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? 

14
2,337 1,764
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
2,711 1,249
Climate Change is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Climate Change Is it a threat to our existence or a hoax?

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2,239 982
Green Energy is listed (or ranked) 16 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? 

17
2,263 1,412
Income Inequality is listed (or ranked) 17 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? 

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1,962 1,227
Unemployment is listed (or ranked) 18 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. 

19
1,704 1,257
Corporate Influence is listed (or ranked) 19 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? 

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2,367 1,162
Animal Rights is listed (or ranked) 20 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. 

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2,037 880
Nuclear Weapons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Nuclear Weapons

With more and more countries becoming nuclear capable, should we be concerned about the possibility of nuclear war? 

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1,769 1,258
Defense Spending is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Defense Spending The US outspends every other country in the world on its military. Is it too much?

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1,934 1,196
Separation of Church and State is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Separation of Church and State

Does religion play too pivotal a role in politics and public education, or are efforts to keep religion out of the public sphere discriminatory? 

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2,148 941
Poaching is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Poaching Is it right for endangered animals to be killed for sport or products?

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1,908 895
Childhood Obesity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Childhood Obesity

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

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1,905 1,438
Abortion is listed (or ranked) 26 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? 

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1,298 1,178
Campaign Finance Reform is listed (or ranked) 27 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. 

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1,351 1,368
Health Care Reform is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Health Care Reform

Do enough Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare? 

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1,734 972
Vaccines is listed (or ranked) 29 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? 

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1,714 822
Overpopulation is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Overpopulation

With the world's population growing at unprecedented rates, do we have the resources to handle this spike in numbers? 

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1,937 915
Embryonic Stem Cell Research is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
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? 

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1,520 1,036
Surveillance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Surveillance

The government seems to have more access to our personal lives than ever before. What can we do to ensure our privacy? 

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998 637
The Deficit is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
RobLein added The Deficit

Should reducing the national deficit be a top priority?

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1,482 915
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Capital Punishment

The United States is one of only four industrialized countries that still allows capital punishment. Is it a fair consequence of crime or a cruel and unusual form of discipline? 

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1,750 1,374
Same-Sex Marriage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Same-Sex Marriage

Americans are now free to marry a same sex partner in all 50 states. Is this a right that should be protected or abolished? 

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1,484 985
Fracking is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Fracking

Some believe it's safe and necessary, other think it causes earthquakes and destroys the environment.

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1,806 1,499
Gun Control is listed (or ranked) 37 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? 

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1,489 1,006
Torture is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Torture

Is torture an ethical and effective means to gain information, or is torture cruel and unusual punishment that only leads to misinformation? 

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1,320 1,056
Prison Industrial Complex is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Prison Industrial Complex

Are too many Americans sent to prison and are our nation's prisoners being exploited for cheap labor? 

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1,288 954
Nuclear Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Nuclear Power

Is nuclear power a safe and sustainable alternative to fossil fuel, or a dangerous form of alternative energy? 

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1,621 1,178
Islamophobia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Islamophobia

Due to heightened fears over terrorism in the Middle East, is the United States mistreating its Muslim population? 

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1,311 1,066
Drones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Drones

Now widely available to companies, government officials, and private citizens, do drones pose a threat to your privacy or even your safety? 

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1,606 1,323
Transgender Issues is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Transgender Issues

Public Religion Research Institute found 72% of Americans support legal protection for transgender people - where do you stand?

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1,523 1,663
Gender Equality is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Gender Equality Is the pay gap between men and women overblown, or a serious problem?

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993 1,690
War on Drugs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
War on Drugs

Is the War on Drugs addressing a serious public health threat or is it an overblown response that does more harm than good?