NETWORK has always been a multi-issue lobby, which is often a challenge for us, given the breadth of social justice issues and our limited resources.
In June 2010, we surveyed our members (and some potential members) to help us set our priorities for the 112th Congress (2011-2012). Issues included in the survey were those that NETWORK has some expertise and history with, and that we think the next Congress is likely to consider.
The charts  show how the overall issue categories were ranked, and how specific issues within each category were ranked. The different colors indicate the number (and percent) of people who ranked the issue 1st (orange), 2nd (blue), 3rd (purple), etc. In general, the “peaks” in the charts indicate high-ranking issue, and the “valleys” indicate low-ranking issues.
The first chart shows the overall issue category rankings:
- Economy (Domestic)
- Economy (Global)
The other 6 charts  show the ranking of specific issues within those categories.
From these we can see that the number one economic issue is jobs, and that there is a lot of support for comprehensive immigration reform, and much concern about Afghanistan as well as military spending.
Many people mentioned in their comments that it was difficult to separate the issues and make choices about which were more important.
Information about those who responded to the Issue Referendum survey:
452 individuals (95.4%)
- 52% Catholic lay people
- 40% Catholic sisters
22 groups (4.6%) 3-250 members
87.2% NETWORK members (self-reported)