538 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

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List of Persuasive Speech Topics

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  1. Should more pets be adopted than bought from a breeder?
  2. Are pitbulls a vicious breed?
  3. Should a dog that has bitten somebody be executed?
  4. Should we tame wild animals like lions and sharks.
  5. Should battery farming still be legal?
  6. Should ‘factory farming’ be banned?
  7. Adopting pets is the best choice.
  8. How do puppy mills affect us?
  9. The benefits of having pets.
  10. Why cats make the perfect pet.
  11. Why all kids should have pets.
  12. Why snakes are good pets.
  13. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
  14. Why you should own a horse.
  15. Why should you own a dog?
  16. We need to protect dolphins better.
  17. Wild animals should stay wild.
  18. Why save endangered animals?


  1. Should the public first learn how to drive a manual transmission before obtaining their license?
  2. Drivers should have to take three courses before getting a license.
  3. Should young children use booster seats in vehicles?
  4. Hands free cell phone use in cars should be promoted.
  5. Should the driving age be 14?
  6. The danger of texting and driving.
  7. Watch out for animals when driving.
  8. Why police should not chase a car.
  9. Why you should buy a Japanese car.
  10. Why sports cars are dangerous.
  11. Driving tests should be free.
  12. Share the road with bikes.


  1. Advertising has tons of mind games.
  2. Advertising standards should be higher.
  3. The importance of understanding niche marketing.

Constitutional Issues

  1. Do you think it would be fair for the government to detain suspected terrorists without proper trial?
  2. Should flag burning as a form of protest be prohibited?
  3. Should every day begin with a silent prayer at school?
  4. Why alcohol should be illegal.
  5. Prayer in schools should not be mandatory.


  1. Should products manufactured outside the U.S. come with an additional tax?
  2. Buy products that are made in the USA.
  3. Free trade agreements are bad for workers.
  4. The trade deficit with China is dangerous.
  5. The minimum wage should be increased.
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  1. Teachers should have to pass a test of basic skills every decade to renew their certifications.
  2. Should free college tuition should be offered to poor children?
  3. Would it be better to introduce a set of skills tests for students, before they graduate high school?
  4. Do you believe that students who are responsible for cyberbullying should be expelled from school?
  5. Would it be better if high school students completed community service hours to graduate?
  6. Do you think elementary and high school students should be allowed to use cell phones at school?
  7. Should students have to be on the honor roll in order to play sports?
  8. Art and music programs in public schools are an essential part of education.
  9. Do you think students should be allowed to listen to music during study hall?
  10. Should boys and girls have separate classrooms?
  11. Should schools sell soft drinks and candies to students?
  12. Should gym grades impact grade point average?
  13. Would it be better if schools with low test scores were closed?
  14. A psychological screening should be taken before you are admitted to college.
  15. Do you think it should be legal for students to drop out before they turn 18?
  16. Should schools have a mandatory life skills class?
  17. Should state colleges be free?
  18. Should notebook computers replace textbooks?
  19. Why we should support education in developing countries.
  20. Do you believe students who fail their classes should repeat the grade?
  21. Should minority groups be given priority when applying to colleges?
  22. Why Americans should not have to learn a foreign language.
  23. If you play a sport should you be required to take gym class?
  24. Why you should consider studying computer science.
  25. Universities should help students get a job after they graduate.
  26. Schools should teach both creationism and evolution.
  27. Should classes be based on periods of time or individual work?
  28. Do you think companies should be able to advertise in schools?
  29. Should students be able to go to the bathroom without asking?
  30. Should handwriting be taught in schools?
  31. Would it be better if schools started later in the morning?
  32. Do you think students should have open campus lunch breaks?
  33. Why we should be able to substitute study hall for a proper class.
  34. Should students be able to listen to music during classes?
  35. Schools should take students abroad.
  36. Should teachers be over a certain age?
  37. Should the teaching of multiple languages be mandatory?
  38. Should schools be more technologically advanced?
  39. Music education should be a priority in schools.
  40. Should students join Greek life on campus?
  41. Financial aid shouldn’t be based on income.
  42. Should home economics be required in all schools?
  43. Should Chinese classes be mandatory for students?
  44. Should Spanish classes be mandatory for students?
  45. SAT scores should affect college acceptance.
  46. Public schools are better than private schools.
  47. Should standardized testing be abolished?
  48. Studying abroad will benefit your future.
  49. Everyone has the right to education.
  50. Should students take the PARCC test?
  51. The importance of preparing children for kindergarten.
  52. Fifth graders should have study hall.
  53. The importance of higher education.
  54. We need more financial assistance for students.
  55. Don’t take education for granted.
  56. The school year should be longer.
  57. Why anime has educational value.
  58. Why college isn’t for everyone.
  59. Should children have homework?
  60. Students have too much work.
  61. Take a year off from school.
  62. Expand school breakfast programs.
  63. Tenure for professors should be protected.
  64. Minority scholarships should be increased.
  65. Alternative education should be increased.
  66. Education in prisons should be increased.
  67. Accelerated learning options should be increased.
  68. Educational costs should be lowered.
  69. Private schools should offer scholarships.
  70. School security needs to be improved.
  71. State lotteries should fund education.
  72. School violence can be prevented.
  73. Home schooling can be as high quality as going to school.
  74. Adult training programs should be improved.
  75. Every person should learn two or more languages.
  76. Is the oxford comma necessary?


  1. Should there be stricter laws for protecting endangered species?
  2. Should only native plants be grown in gardens?
  3. More people should carpool or use public transportation.
  4. Should the U.S. limit the use of natural resources?
  5. How pollution is negatively affecting humanity.
  6. We should use algae to make oil instead of drilling.
  7. Why hydraulic fracturing should be banned.
  8. Why we shouldn’t use disposable diapers.
  9. Hybrid cars are good for the environment.
  10. We should keep our community clean.
  11. The danger of ocean oil spills.
  12. Recycling should be mandatory.
  13. Why oil needs to be conserved.
  14. Why we should use reusable bags.
  15. Why palm oil should be banned.
  16. Ban mining in environmentally sensitive areas.
  17. The danger of oil drilling in Alaska.
  18. Fishing regulations are necessary to preserve the environment.
  19. Endangered species need protection.
  20. We need to invest more in alternative fuels.
  21. Endangered oceans deserve protection.
  22. We should strive for a paperless society.
  23. Conserve our global resources.
  24. Rain forests need to be protected.
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  1. Do you think female construction workers should have the same salary as male construction workers?
  2. Should assisted suicide be legal for people who suffer from terminal illnesses?
  3. Do you think the death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?
  4. Should you base your perspective of people on stereotypes you have heard?
  5. Should product testing on animals or humans be allowed?
  6. Why you should not choose your child’s genetics.
  7. Are people morally obligated to help the poor.
  8. Female genital mutilation should be stopped.
  9. Is it ethical to eat meat?
  10. Wearing fur is unethical.


  1. Should underaged people be allowed to consume alcohol at home, with parental permission?
  2. Should children 13 or younger be allowed to watch music videos or music channels like MTV?
  3. Do you think those older than 13 should be allowed into R-rated movies?
  4. Should teenagers be allowed to purchase violent video games?
  5. Is it appropriate for children to watch horror movies?
  6. Those under 16 should not be allowed to date.
  7. Parental pressure on child actors and athletes is harmful.
  8. Why parents should not hit their children.
  9. Fairy tales are good for young children.
  10. Why kids should not play R rated games.
  11. Children should go to daycare.
  12. The importance of listening to your parents.
  13. Internet chat rooms are dangerous places for kids.
  14. Child abuse prevention efforts should be increased.
  15. Domestic abuse awareness should be increased.
  16. Should parents lie to their children about Santa?


  1. Men should wear pink.


  1. Why banks should ban hats and sunglasses to avoid robberies.
  2. Student loans should be forgiven.
  3. Reservation casinos are only beneficial if managed correctly.

Food and Drink

  1. Genetically modified foods should be labeled.
  2. Do you believe companies who manufacture alcohol should be allowed to advertise on TV?
  3. Every child should learn to cook.
  4. Cooking should be taught in schools.
  5. Should we donate unused food from supermarkets?
  6. The history of added sugar in our food.
  7. We should all grow our own vegetables.
  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  9. The promise of genetically engineered food.
  10. Why peanuts are amazing.
  11. Drink more orange juice.
  12. Why people should cook.
  13. Farmers’ markets should be increased.
  14. Eating organic is good for your health.
  15. Get artificial hormones out of food.


  1. Do you believe there should be stricter federal restrictions regarding content on the internet?
  2. Should employers be required to post job opportunities on a government run website?
  3. The government should provide shelter for the homeless.
  4. Should the state fund schools run by religions?
  5. Whose face should be printed on the newest bank note?
  6. Do you believe Puerto Rico should become a state?
  7. Our nation’s justice system needs to be improved.
  8. Should the government have a say in our diets?
  9. The military budget must be decreased.
  10. Should people get drug tested for state aid?
  11. How policy works in local government.
  12. The government should increase funding of Amtrak.
  13. Fixing potholes should be a priority of local government.
  14. Eminent domain should be used rarely.
  15. The war on drugs is a failure.
  16. Zoning laws should be common sense.


  1. Female minors should be allowed to get birth control without telling their parents.
  2. Should stem cell researchers be able to use cells from aborted babies to help cure diseases?
  3. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under 16?
  4. Do you think it would be better if the USA had an universal health care system?
  5. Do you believe free condoms should be distributed in schools?
  6. Regular exercise will improve your health.
  7. Restaurants should post all ingredients to prevent allergic reactions.
  8. Do you believe fast food should come with a warning label?
  9. The use of animals in medical research is a necessary evil.
  10. Seat belts ensure all passengers a safer ride.
  11. Why you should not work too hard when you’re diabetic.
  12. Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  13. Fast food restaurants should offer healthier options.
  14. Do you think schools should teach sexual education?
  15. Too much salt is bad for your health.
  16. The amount of meat consumed should be reduced.
  17. People should care more about sleep.
  18. Rape and sexual assault prevention and awareness should be taught in schools.
  19. How drinking too much soda causes health problems.
  20. How junk food is unhealthy for our bodies.
  21. Why you should take a vacation every year.
  22. Is toothpaste bad for health?
  23. Do you think there is too much sugar in our diets?
  24. Drug advertisements should be prohibited.
  25. Euthanasia could decrease suicide rates.
  26. We should use electroconvulsive therapy more.
  27. How to overcome stress.
  28. Stop putting steroids in animal food.
  29. Why you should become an organ donor.
  30. Why we should use homeopathic treatments.
  31. Why vaccines are beneficial.
  32. The dangers of sleepwalking.
  33. Are vaporizers bad for your health?
  34. Are e-cigs better than cigarettes?
  35. Diet pills are bad for your health.
  36. The importance of world Red Cross day.
  37. Why you should be a blood donor.
  38. People need to drink more water.
  39. Healthy eating tips.
  40. Everyone should be taught CPR.
  41. The danger of secondhand smoke.
  42. Why exercise is good for you.
  43. Why obesity is a big problem.
  44. The importance of making healthy food cheaper.
  45. Is gluten really bad for us?
  46. The dangerous effects of drugs.
  47. Should doctors be paid less?
  48. Why you should not wear high heels.
  49. Why you should not go to tanning beds.
  50. The cost of prescription drugs is too high.
  51. Smoking is bad for your health.
  52. Why you should take care of your teeth.
  53. Increase funding for medical research.
  54. Make more healthy choices.
  55. Why you should laugh every day.
  56. Wearing bike helmets should be encouraged.
  57. Cherish your friends.
  58. Alcoholics Anonymous deserves our support.
  59. Socialized medicine saves lives.
  60. Birth control pills should be more available.
  61. We need more resources to prevent infectious diseases.
  62. Eat more dark chocolate.
  63. Positive thinking will benefit your health.
  64. Stomach stapling should be reserved for extreme situations.
  65. Chewing tobacco is dangerous.
  66. Seat belt laws help save lives.
  67. Food additives are dangerous.
  68. Breast feeding should be encouraged.
  69. Binge drinking awareness should be increased.
  70. Teen pregnancy prevention should be increased.
  71. Teen suicide awareness should be increased.
  72. Fire safety awareness should be increased.
  73. Organ donation should be encouraged.
  74. Eat less meat and you will Iive longer.


  1. Did the U.S. Army provide their soldiers drugs during the Vietnam war?
  2. African- American achievements should be celebrated.
  3. Why Lincoln was the best President.
  4. Revisionist history is dangerous.
  5. The moon landing was a lie.

International Relations

  1. Do you think it is time for the United States to suspend overseas military operations?
  2. The U.S. should cut off all foreign aid to dictatorships.
  3. Why you should volunteer in a developing country.
  4. Should Scotland be a country of its own?
  5. China will be the next superpower.
  6. Is any nation truly independent?
  7. Should women drive in Saudi Arabia?
  8. Foreign oil dependence is dangerous.
  9. Weapons disarmament should be increased.
  10. The war in Iraq was a mistake.
  11. The United Nations is important in defusing international crises.
  12. Human rights should be advanced all over the world.


  1. Should those who are caught driving after consuming alcohol lose their driver’s license for one year?
  2. Should it be illegal to drive while talking on the phone?
  3. Should illegal music and movie downloads be prosecuted?
  4. Do you believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license?
  5. Should motorcyclists have to wear a helmet?
  6. People over 65 should be required to take a bi-annual driver’s test.
  7. Should the driving age be raised to 21?
  8. Should assault weapons be legal?
  9. Should known gang members be prohibited from public parks?
  10. Do you think it should be illegal for people to curse on TV during daytime?
  11. Should it be legal for people to own exotic pets such as tigers or chimps?
  12. Is the fast food industry legally accountable for obesity?
  13. Should the U.S. government add an extra tax for fatty snacks and junk food?
  14. Should it be legal to smoke in parks and other similar outdoor locations?
  15. Would you support English being the official language of the USA?
  16. Do you think abortions should be legal?
  17. Should the government declare gambling and sports betting illegal?
  18. Do you believe the government should recognize same sex marriage?
  19. Do you believe that not wearing a seatbelt should be illegal?
  20. Would it be better if the voting age was lowered to thirteen?
  21. Should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as adults?
  22. Should people who play music too loud face fines?
  23. Bullying should be taken seriously and be illegal.
  24. Should people who fail to recycle be obliged to pay a fine?
  25. Do you believe medicinal marijuana should be legalized?
  26. The age to be eligible for Social Security benefits should not exceed 62.
  27. Should abortions be considered illegal?
  28. Do you think immigration laws need to be revised?
  29. Why smoking should be illegal in public places.
  30. Why U.S. should have mandatory military service.
  31. Drunk driving laws don’t seem to be working.
  32. Should homosexuals have marriage rights?
  33. Should a hunting license be necessary?
  34. Why we should have capital punishment.
  35. Child labor should be banned.
  36. Assisted suicide should be legal.
  37. Why we should legalize drugs.
  38. Lower the drinking age.
  39. Drinking and driving needs tougher laws.
  40. Gay marriage should be protected.


  1. Why reading is more beneficial than watching television.
  2. Why it is a good idea to read Fifty Shades of Grey.
  3. Why people need to read more books.


  1. Why it’s wrong for the media to promote a certain beauty standard.
  2. Is the media responsible for the moral degradation of teens?
  3. Do magazines marketed to teenagers send the wrong message?
  4. Why Disney should not be making Star Wars movies.
  5. Why you should study photography.
  6. Should certain T.V. shows have age restrictions?
  7. Why the media is to blame for eating disorders.
  8. The media does not force us to worship false icons.
  9. Why the Russian should have beat Rocky.
  10. Television is harmful for children.
  11. Why comic books are good to read.
  12. Some TV shows are educational.
  13. Make TV more educational.
  14. We need more funding for public television and radio.
  15. Violence on television should be regulated.
  16. Cable TV monopolies destroy competition.
  17. Katniss Everdeen would alienate Harry Potter.


  1. Why the french horn should be played more.
  2. Should schools allow uncensored songs at school dances?
  3. How listening to music could improve your day.
  4. Why music is beneficial to society.
  5. MP3 music should be free.

National Security

  1. Are intensive security screenings essential for those who travel in airplanes?
  2. Negotiating with terrorists is sometimes justifiable.
  3. Should police carry firearms?
  4. Homosexuals belong in the military.
  5. Women benefit the military in many ways.
  6. Should police carry toy guns?


  1. Should it be legal for politicians to accept campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists?
  2. Why you should vote.
  3. Ban abusive language in elections.
  4. Why you should know Bernie Sanders.
  5. Term limits need to be respected.

Practical Knowledge

  1. Basic survival skills are important to know.
  2. Basic camping skills everyone should know.
  3. Personal hygiene is important for professional success.


  1. Intelligence depends more on environment than genetics.
  2. Human development depends primarily on environmental factors.
  3. Why we should not see psychologists.
  4. Why do we need to love and to be loved?
  5. Can money give you happiness?


  1. Should young people have internet relationships?
  2. Men and women speak a different language of love.
  3. Long distance relationships are possible.
  4. Why it is important to live together before marriage.
  5. Teens should live with their friends once a week.


  1. Should public schools teach world religions?
  2. Students should be allowed to pray in school.
  3. Women should be priests.
  4. Religious conflict must be avoided.
  5. Why Islam is a peaceful religion.
  6. Islamic fundamentalism is not true Islam.
  7. Religious cults are dangerous.
  8. Faith in God should be protected.


  1. Do you think the United States government should spend more on space programs?
  2. Why should we be aware of what is happening in outer space?
  3. Why Pluto should still be considered a planet.
  4. Mars was the same as Earth in the past.
  5. Why you should donate your body to science.
  6. We need more scientific advancements.


  1. Art is a stress reliever and can reduce depression.
  2. With hardwork and determination anyone can be successful.
  3. Why we should live life spontaneously.
  4. Improve your time management.
  5. Embarrassing moments make you stronger.
  6. Be true to yourself.
  7. Dress for success.
  8. How to continue your personal growth.
  9. The importance of self- confidence.
  10. If you don’t give up, you’ll make it.


  1. Should larger passengers be obliged to purchase two plane tickets, or two movie tickets?
  2. Should American families have no more than two children, in order to control population growth?
  3. Should property owners be obliged to clean the snow from sidewalks on their property?
  4. Should there be a cop in every bar to make sure people do not drink and drive?
  5. Do you believe that older people should receive free bus rides?
  6. Should all citizens of the USA complete one year of community service?
  7. Do you believe it is time for America to use the metric system?
  8. Why it should be mandatory for all students to stand for the pledge.
  9. Do you believe that cities should provide free wireless internet?
  10. Why living in the country is better than the city.
  11. Why you should push people to try new things.
  12. No child should be considered a “lost cause”.
  13. We shouldn’t have to pay for internet access.
  14. Celebrities should have more privacy rights.
  15. Life is better now than it was 50 years ago.
  16. Why stereotypes are harmful.
  17. Why everyone should know about feminism.
  18. Support the wounded warrior project.
  19. Should companies market to children?
  20. Prisoners should be allowed to vote.
  21. Are we doing enough to end poverty?
  22. Is Social Darwinism true?
  23. The USA has too many prisoners.
  24. Why we should have a three day weekend.
  25. How to fix harmful gender roles.
  26. Is trick or treating a bad thing?
  27. Should retirement homes be free?
  28. Public toilets should be cleaner.
  29. Generic products are just as good.
  30. How bullying changes who you are.
  31. How bullying can lead to suicide.
  32. Societal beauty demands are harmful.
  33. The advantages of politeness.
  34. Why you should not shop at Walmart.
  35. Volunteering in your community.
  36. The need for affordable housing.
  37. Should we get longer holidays?
  38. The danger of propaganda.
  39. Too much money is a bad thing.
  40. We need free bus rides for seniors.
  41. We need better public transportation.
  42. The importance of volunteering.
  43. Homeless people deserve a home.
  44. The importance of preventing cyber bullying.
  45. Donate money to charity.
  46. Raise the retirement age.
  47. We need to stop censorship.
  48. We need more foster parents.
  49. Why everyone is equal.
  50. Single parent families need help.
  51. Mandatory sentencing weakened communities.
  52. Corporate corruption weakens the country.
  53. The pledge of allegiance should not be mandatory.
  54. Shop at local stores.
  55. Buy security alarms.
  56. We need more prison alternatives.
  57. Frivolous lawsuits hurt the country.
  58. We need more affirmative action.
  59. More resources should be devoted to fight poverty.
  60. Bar closing hours should be later.
  61. Police corruption needs to be stopped.
  62. Stay at home moms deserve more respect.
  63. Women’s pay rates should be equal to men’s.
  64. Cosmetic surgery should be highly regulated.
  65. We need to care for our aging population.
  66. Racial profiling needs to be stopped.
  67. Privacy rights must be respected.
  68. Women’s rights must be advanced.
  69. Race relations need to be improved.
  70. Columbus day should be eliminated.
  71. Gun control saves lives.
  72. Media bias is harming our country.
  73. Are beauty contests harmful?


  1. Should some musical groups, such as marching band and show choir, be considered a sport?
  2. Do you think cities should have a bike sharing system?
  3. Should college athletes be paid?
  4. Why baseball players should take drug tests before playing.
  5. High school football programs should receive less funding.
  6. Female sports should be given equal coverage by the media.
  7. Should drug tests be mandatory for professional athletes?
  8. Should athletes be paid less?
  9. Should drug tests be mandatory for school athletes?
  10. Winning is not as important as trying your best.
  11. Should sports teams be named after ethnic groups?
  12. Should cheerleading be considered a sport?
  13. Why we should not cheer for the Redskins.
  14. Why sports should be encouraged.
  15. Why take a sailing vacation?
  16. Learning to swim should be a requirement.
  17. Public funding of sports stadiums is a bad idea.
  18. Boxing should have stricter rules to keep boxers safe.
  19. Why you should become a swimmer.
  20. Why people should dance more.
  21. Athletics are too much a priority in schools.
  22. Is NASCAR a sport?
  23. Should FIFA have price ranges?


  1. Google and other search engines will be the death of libraries.
  2. Make sure to backup your computer files several times a day.
  3. What kind of influence will technology have on our future?
  4. Printing photos is better than keeping them on a computer.
  5. Do you believe internet censorship is inappropriate?
  6. Should nuclear power be used?
  7. How technology will change our lives.
  8. Should screen time also be limited for adults?
  9. Why the government should regulate technology.
  10. Technology is making people less creative.
  11. Technology has made life better.
  12. Why Microsoft Word products should be free.
  13. Why you should not buy an iPhone.
  14. We are addicted to the internet.
  15. Put down your phone and connect with people.
  16. Electronics are making kids lazy.
  17. How does a search engine work?
  18. Apple music should be free.
  19. The importance of the internet.
  20. Internet gambling needs more regulation.
  21. Computer literacy should be increased.
  22. The importance of internet fraud awareness.
  23. Why selfies are a thing of the past.


  1. Why you should go to Bermuda.
  2. Why airline tickets should be cheaper.
  3. Traveling makes you more open minded.


  1. Should large corporations hire a number of minorities that are proportionate to the population?
  2. Do you think 14 year olds should be allowed to hold jobs?
  3. Why you should choose a high paying job over a fun job.
  4. Why everyone should work retail once in their life.
  5. Tipping should be mandatory in restaurants.
  6. Women make better managers than men.
  7. The importance of office parties.
  8. Labor unions should be protected.