Issues are topics that are of special importance or interest. They can range from a specific question to a broad policy concern. They are often hotly debated in the media and in communities. Discussion and writing about issues can help to raise awareness about the problems that are faced by society.
Affordability of health care and drug addiction top the list of major problems that the public considers important to address. Two-thirds of the public say that the affordability of health care is a very big problem for the country.
Climate change is a major issue, with nearly three-quarters of the world’s population already living in areas that are significantly warmer than average. This can create new problems, such as more frequent and severe droughts, floods and wildfires.
Global poverty is another critical issue, with hundreds of millions of people around the world living on less than $2 a day. This is caused by factors such as limited access to education, lack of income opportunities and societal discrimination.
Across partisan lines, many see sexism and job opportunities as very big problems for the United States. However, the public is less concerned with terrorism and government accountability.
Do you agree that solitary confinement should be banned for juvenile offenders? Do you support limiting police unions’ collective bargaining power for cases involving misconduct? Should political candidates be required to disclose their tax returns? Should a former convicted criminal be allowed to run for office?