American Politics - Social Issues v. the Economy

American Politics - Social Issues v. the Economy

Abortion rights, same-sex marriage and religion. What role divisive social ssues might play in the 2012 presidential race - and whether jobs and the economy could trump social concerns.

Recent polls show that the economy remains the number one issue on the minds of most voting-age Americans. But lately social issues have been grabbing a lot of the headlines. Last week New York became the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage. Dozens of states have placed new restrictions on abortion rights this year. And Kansas just moved to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. Politicians, of course, have taken notice. As the first round of presidential primaries draws closer, candidates are keen to take the nation's pulse and respond accordingly. Social issues versus the economy in American politics.


Carroll Doherty

associate director, editorial, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Michele Swers

associate professor of government, Georgetown University.

Reid Wilson

editor-in-chief of National Journal Hotline.

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