Patch Poll: What Issue Will Most Influence Your Vote this Election?
Sometimes, candidates' platforms force us to choose which of the many issues is most important to us.
Can you be pro-life, yet support a candidate who is cutting programs that affect the health and well-being of the poor? Can you be in favor of gay marriage when your faith says it's wrong?
Can you be anti-Obamacare knowing your relative has coverage only because of the Affordable Care Act and will have no insurance if it's repealed? Can you be a hunter and own a gun for sport, yet favor gun control to keep weapons off the street?
Sorting through the conflicts between values, morals and beliefs is particularly difficult this election. The same people who give to food banks might still support tax cuts that target programs that feed the hungry. Or those with a relative who is gay might oppose gay marriage for moral or religious reasons, yet still love their cousin.
In the end, whether Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative—or an independent or member of another political party—choosing between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama might challenge some of our basic beliefs. The strong opinions expressed by voters this election have already, in some cases, broken friendships and strained family relationships.
Google Politics and Election created an infographic that examines what's been been the most talked about in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 election cycles, including social, economic, trending and foreign policy issues. Based on that, this week's poll is asking you what is the most important issue when it comes down to casting your vote in November.
And if you have a conflict such as those mentioned above, tell us in the comments below how you are dealing with making the choice on Election Day.