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New Poll: Global Warming at Bottom of American's To-Do List

New Poll: Global Warming at Bottom of American's To-Do List

In a new Pew Research Center survey the economy ranks as American's number-one priority while addressing global warming makes the bottom of the list. Protecting the environment also took a big hit, as 56 percent said it was a top priority last year, compared to 41 percent this year.

In general, Americans want President Obama to fix problems inside US borders instead of focusing on foreign policy. A year ago, 56 percent said Bush should focus on domestic policy, while 31 percent said foreign policy was more important. Today, 71 percent think domestic policy is most important, compared to 11 percent who favor foreign policy.

While worrying about the environment, or other big-picture problems, can seem like a luxury when we're facing a pressing crisis, hopefully leaders will keep an eye on the long-term consequences of all policies. Do you think Americans have their priorities straight?

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Roarman Roarman 7 years
"but studies have shown that children who have both have the greatest chance to be successful as adults." Studies show that children who have both parents, in a healthy relationship, being raised in a healthy environment may have the greatest chance to be succesful. Just having two warm bodies in the house does not a successful child make.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
"but studies have shown that children who have both have the greatest chance to be successful as adults."Studies show that children who have both parents, in a healthy relationship, being raised in a healthy environment may have the greatest chance to be succesful. Just having two warm bodies in the house does not a successful child make.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Okay then. "I don't think it's blowing things out of proportion to take issue with that blanket generalization, or any others you make. " yes it is. Agree to disagree.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Okay then. "I don't think it's blowing things out of proportion to take issue with that blanket generalization, or any others you make. " yes it is. Agree to disagree.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"I didn't mean to offend anyone, but it is a problem that CAN lead to moral decline. That's all I was trying to say." Okay then. But I'll just point out that what you originally said was "a child NEEDS a mom and a dad," after which you proceeded to single out single mothers, blame them for a host of social problems, not the other way around which is what you're saying now. Your comments suggested that society should stigmatize single motherhood. I don't think it's blowing things out of proportion to take issue with that blanket generalization, or any others you make.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"I didn't mean to offend anyone, but it is a problem that CAN lead to moral decline. That's all I was trying to say."Okay then. But I'll just point out that what you originally said was "a child NEEDS a mom and a dad," after which you proceeded to single out single mothers, blame them for a host of social problems, not the other way around which is what you're saying now. Your comments suggested that society should stigmatize single motherhood. I don't think it's blowing things out of proportion to take issue with that blanket generalization, or any others you make.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I didn't mean to offend anyone, but it is a problem that CAN lead to moral decline. That's all I was trying to say. And as CG said if you define single mother as a never married women who becomes pregnant with no father present at all, then that can be a totally different story. But to say that a single woman is a better situation for a child is over-generalizing things. I have seen it from the other perspective. My sister in law took my nephew from my brother. My brother did nothing and she agreed. She just didn't want to be with him anymore. He pays his child support but he only received every other weekend child custody. She considers herself a single mother. That I cannot say I agree with completely. because my brother is still supporting his child and wants to see him more often and she chooses to have it the other way. But with what was said on here, there are some instances when a woman has a 1 night stand or sleeps with whom ever and doesn't know who her babies daddy is... that single mother hood I will vilify. If that offends anyone, too bad.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I didn't mean to offend anyone, but it is a problem that CAN lead to moral decline. That's all I was trying to say. And as CG said if you define single mother as a never married women who becomes pregnant with no father present at all, then that can be a totally different story. But to say that a single woman is a better situation for a child is over-generalizing things. I have seen it from the other perspective. My sister in law took my nephew from my brother. My brother did nothing and she agreed. She just didn't want to be with him anymore. He pays his child support but he only received every other weekend child custody. She considers herself a single mother. That I cannot say I agree with completely. because my brother is still supporting his child and wants to see him more often and she chooses to have it the other way. But with what was said on here, there are some instances when a woman has a 1 night stand or sleeps with whom ever and doesn't know who her babies daddy is... that single mother hood I will vilify. If that offends anyone, too bad.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
That's what I thought. I knew you didn't villify single parenthood. There are too many things that can lead to it. But I get what you are saying about writing Dads off. That is the problem I have. Not single parenthood, just society, the media etc, acting like Dads aren't necessary at all. But, I totally understand that in some cases, Mom or Dad leaving is really the best thing for the kid. I say that because of my years with the crisis center.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
That is exactly what i am saying GS.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
"And people leaving abusive partners and other extremely unhealthy relationships and therefore having to raise their children on their own are not hugely rare exceptions."This is very true. And I have to point out, I agreed with you on every other point of that original post, just not this one. I think I see what you are trying to say though, that society is making the problem worse, i.e. men more willing to just up and leave, etc. because it is being normalized? Is that the gist? If so, i think everyone is taking it a different way.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
"And people leaving abusive partners and other extremely unhealthy relationships and therefore having to raise their children on their own are not hugely rare exceptions." This is very true. And I have to point out, I agreed with you on every other point of that original post, just not this one. I think I see what you are trying to say though, that society is making the problem worse, i.e. men more willing to just up and leave, etc. because it is being normalized? Is that the gist? If so, i think everyone is taking it a different way.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I agree with your comment that children need a mother, and a father figure to grow up the most well adjusted. I think we can all agree that there are children who grow up just fine without both, but studies have shown that children who have both have the greatest chance to be successful as adults.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I'm frustrated with my comment being blown out of proportion. It took 2 people to make that baby and it is not normal for less than 2 people to raise it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I'll go with that description.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Thanks CG
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Thanks CG
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I define "single mother" as a woman, who has never been married having a child on her own.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Is there any personally responsibility without vilifying all of the dads??
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Shouldn't those women determine that their partners are not good partners prior to having sex and getting pregnant?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
And what about all those kids that have single moms and their moms are horrible, that is a common exception... why not bring that up while we are at it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
Roar- i think it is great that you gave your child the best life you could have... but If people stressed that is not the best situation for a child, don't you think it might help in teaching younger kids not to go and have sex with whomever?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
and why do people focus on 1 aspect of my original comment. And no one has address that normalizing single motherhood gives women an out for having unprotected sex with men that would be horrible fathers. Take some responsibility. And the term single mother is so widely used.... who knows what it could mean anymore.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
and why do people focus on 1 aspect of my original comment. And no one has address that normalizing single motherhood gives women an out for having unprotected sex with men that would be horrible fathers. Take some responsibility. And the term single mother is so widely used.... who knows what it could mean anymore.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
"jude you would argue with me about the sky being blue" "Jude- answers to your hypothetical questions NO,NO,NO,NO,NO but exceptions do not make it ok. There are some exceptions where murder is OK, but murder is STILL wrong" Hain, I will argue with you whenever I feel you're wrong. And people leaving abusive partners and other extremely unhealthy relationships and therefore having to raise their children on their own are not hugely rare exceptions. They are very common instances of mothers who choose to do the right thing by their children despite how much harder it may be to support them on their own. Not people who deserve to be stigmatized simply for the bare fact of their single parenthood. What is this, Victorian England? I think we've come a bit farther than that in our understanding of human situations at this point. Roar, great points and inspiring story :)
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