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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It is a gut issue, something that affects, directly and indirectly, the ordinary Filipino's daily life and future.
But nearly a third of Brits believe they actually have a serious gut issue.
I mentioned the gut issue to our waitress, who seemed concerned, but we didn't hear of it again.
The unremarked gut issue today is that over the past decade there was a landslide transfer of wealth from public shareholders to corporate managers.
Indeed, the death penalty is no longer a gut issue, or even a necessary stand, for those, like Schumer, who are associated with the Democratic Party's liberal wing.
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.
Another TOYM awardee, Edgar Jopson, an outstanding honor student at the Ateneo University, instinctively pinpointed the gut issue in 1971-he pressed for a 'non-partisan Constitutional Convention;' and demanded that the then president-soon-to-turn dictator 'put down in writing' that he was not going to manipulate the Constitution to remove his disqualification to run for a third term or perpetuate himself in office and was called down as a 'son of a grocer.
This was a gut issue, the writers said -- the mother of all issues.
It also showed the importance of law-and-order as a gut issue.
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.
They know this election will be decided on the gut issue of the break-up of the United Kingdom, but the Nats have run away from their own core policy.