Birth control continues to be a hot topic in some circles, especially among religious leaders who take moral umbrage with a mandate to provide contraception coverage, as we’ve discussed since Monday.
But will it matter at the ballot box this November? Will it matter to you when you cast your vote?
The state of the economy will, no doubt, be the single most important issue. If the economy improves this summer, Obama will attract votes. If it tanks, Romney will. Most likely, the economy won’t do either and the election will be a squeaker—and other issues, even birth control mandates, could flip the election one way or the other.
Consider the following list of controversial issues that could influence how people vote.
How would you rank this list?
Federal budget, national debt
International issues, national defense, terrorism
Government policies concerning birth control
Got your list marked? Here’s what Americans actually said: Healthcare is the top concern on this list, according to a poll by Gallup. Eighty percent of Americans say it is extremely important (39%) or important (41%). Unemployment comes second by only a one-point difference (79%).
International issues, including national defense and terrorism, and the budget/debt issues are tied for third place, with over two-thirds (77%) of Americans saying they are important issues for them in the upcoming elections. Even the price of gas garners almost two-thirds support (73%) as an important election issue.
But birth control is considered to be an important election issue by only 44% of Americans—clearly not the determining factor in November.
Which of these six issues is the most important to you?
Which is the least important?
What’s missing from the list?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an experiment in civil dialogue about American values.