Writing About Issues


An issue is a topic that is debated, such as government spending, pollution from fossil fuels, or bias in news coverage. College writing assignments often ask you to write about an issue and offer your own stance based on research and thoughtful observation or reflection.

Inflation, health care affordability and the state of moral values are seen as major problems by most Americans. In addition, most say there are serious problems with gun violence, the economy and drug addiction. And the ability of Republicans and Democrats to work together ranks as a problem for more than half.

In contrast, sexism and job opportunities are near the bottom of the public’s list of problems. Only 26% of Americans say that they think job opportunities for women are a very big problem and just 25% view sexism as a major problem.