gut issue

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Noun1.gut issue - an issue that elicits strong emotional reactions
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
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I mentioned the gut issue to our waitress, who seemed concerned, but we didn't hear of it again.
It also showed the importance of law-and-order as a gut issue.
The unremarked gut issue today is that over the past decade there was a landslide transfer of wealth from public shareholders to corporate managers.
This is a deep, gut issue, like abortion, and it is approaching quickly.
Terry Eastland, spokesman for the Department of Justice, said the decision "leaves for another case the bottom-line gut issue of when race may be taken into account in employment.
Whoever is doing Hague's thinking for him has homed in on a gut issue that could be a vote-winner for the Tories - even if it is a dangerous and divisive one - playing down to the Little Englander mentality.