Every election cycle has its own campaign issues; what Americans care about most constantly changes. The economy and jobs are perennially important, but policy areas like immigration and climate change have more topical lately, while issues that were historically key, like military spending and trade deficits, have faded somewhat from view.
Every January, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press surveys Americans about what their top political priorities are for the year. They ask members of both major parties about which of 20 issue areas matter most to them.
GOOD Magazine approached Hyperakt to help make the polling data from 2001 to 2010 accessible. We created an interactive visualization that illustrates the difference of opinion between parties over time. With a series of circular diagrams, we show the changing concerns of the public correlated with the important political and cultural events of each year.