thought provoking 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 in talking about them. Social media has become a forum for expressing opinions and arguing with others about what's truly important and what's just a distraction. While polling has the economy in general as the most vital social issue in America, there are a number of facets of the economy that mean different things to different people and many other social issues that have Americans paying attention.

What social issues do you care most about? Are they about you personally and things meaningful to your family - issues like unemployment and fiscal policy? Or are they issues about the state of the world in general, what we're doing to the planet, and how we treat the less-fortunate among us? The environment, climate change, scientific research, and campaign finance are all important issues for everyone - but that doesn't mean they're the most important ones to you. Some may never effect you in any way throughout your daily life.

Where do you stand on them, and how do you think the country and the world are doing in addressing them? Vote up the ones that mean the most to you, and add any you think are important that aren't on this list.

There's nothing like social policy to engender a good debate, so don't be shy in voting up what you think is important, and voting down what's not. Together, we can solve all our problems - or at least figure out what our problems are.

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

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

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1,096 908
Civil Rights is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Civil Rights Have we come far since the days of Jim Crow, or are we still stuck in the past?

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1,113 867
Terrorism is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Terrorism The threat of terror is ever-present, especially in the Middle East.

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1,175 732
Poverty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Poverty More Americans are living in poverty than any time since the early '90s.

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1,280 604
Pollution is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Pollution It's down in the US, but worse than ever in the developing world.

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1,066 935
Police Brutality is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Police Brutality Are police taking it too far when tracking down suspects?

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1,323 606
Bullying is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Bullying What can be done to protect victims?

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1,025 797
Affordable Housing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Affordable Housing Depending on where you live, you might not be able to own a home - even with a high salary.

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977 970
Moral Decline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Moral Decline Many conservative Americans think our morals as a country are worse than ever.

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995 773
Income Inequality is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Income Inequality The wealthiest Americans have more money than ever before. Is that right, or did they work harder for it?

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1,249 548
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.

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916 996
Immigration is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Immigration What can we do to create a working immigration system?

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830 1,185
Ineffective Government is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Ineffective Government According to Gallup, Americans believed this was the most important problem in the country in 2014.

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1,182 652
Climate Change is listed (or ranked) 14 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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917 681
Defense Spending is listed (or ranked) 15 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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997 534
Green Energy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Green Energy Is it a pricey waste of time, or something we need more than ever?

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1,189 427
Embryonic Stem Cell Research is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is it the future of medicine, or immoral?

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1,030 633
Separation of Church and State is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Separation of Church and State Is it as prevalent as the Founding Fathers intended?

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1,097 386
Poaching is listed (or ranked) 19 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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1,064 549
Animal Rights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Animal Rights Where do you stand on using animals for food and testing?

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992 559
Student Loan Debt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Student Loan Debt Drowning in debt just to get a useless degree?

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1,041 448
Nuclear Weapons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Nuclear Weapons Numbers are decreasing, but rogue nations can get them easier than ever.

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771 818
Corporate Influence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Corporate Influence Corporations are embedded in our lives like never before.

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951 507
Fracking is listed (or ranked) 24 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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733 779
Campaign Finance Reform is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Campaign Finance Reform Do you think corporations are people?

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805 306
Overpopulation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Overpopulation

Should we be worried about overpopulation and overcrowding?

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964 505
Vaccines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Vaccines The science is clear - but should they be compulsory?

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832 805
Unemployment is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Unemployment The economy is better - but unemployment still runs high.

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935 488
Capital Punishment is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Capital Punishment Few countries still use it, but does it work?

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935 499
Torture is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Torture Is it right to torture suspects to prevent terror attacks?

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922 517
Drones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Drones They're ever more prevalent in private and corporate use. But they can also kill you silently.

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964 492
Childhood Obesity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Childhood Obesity Is it out of control, and what role does government have in ending it?

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813 648
Surveillance is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Surveillance Is Edward Snowden a hero or traitor?

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745 925
Homelessness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Homelessness What can be done to help get people off the streets?

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852 887
Abortion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Abortion No social issue sets people on opposite sides quite like abortion.

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854 764
Same-Sex Marriage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Same-Sex Marriage The Supreme Court has ruled, how will this affect American life?

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393 299
The Deficit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
RobLein added The Deficit

Should reducing the deficit be a top priority?

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764 663
Prison Industrial Complex is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Prison Industrial Complex Are too many Americans being sent to prison?

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621 1,040
Health Care Reform is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Health Care Reform Is the Affordable Care Act socialist, or helping millions of people?

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801 583
Nuclear Power is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Nuclear Power Is it safe, or too dangerous to use?

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921 669
Transgender Issues is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Transgender Issues Transgender people are more public than ever before - but not everyone accepts their status.

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917 657
Islamophobia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Islamophobia

Terrorism is still a threat - but are we mistreating the majority of Muslims (especially American Muslims) who are peaceful?

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737 955
Gun Control is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
Gun Control Shall your right to own a machine gun not be infringed?

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618 1,023
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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330 1,103
War on Drugs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Social Issues You Care About Most
War on Drugs Is it working? Do we need it? Should people be protected from themselves?