664 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

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  1. Textbooks should be free
  2. Celebrities should have more privacy rights
  3. Boxing should have tighter rules
  4. The importance of higher education
  5. Do you believe that older people should receive bus rides free of charge?
  6. Should students attend state college without having to pay tuition fees?
  7. Do you believe illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for a driver’s license?
  8. Should Spanish classes be mandatory for students?
  9. Should all citizens of the USA complete one year of community service?
  10. Do you believe it would be more suitable to raise the driving age to twenty-one?
  11. Would it be better if the voting age was lowered to thirteen?
  12. Should good students receive cash for their good grades?
  13. Should teenagers be allowed to purchase aggressive video games?
  14. Should notebook computers replace the traditional textbooks for students?
  15. Would it be better to introduce a set of skills tests for students, before they graduate high school?
  16. Do you believe that not wearing a seat-belt should be illegal?
  17. Should schools sell soft drinks and candies to students, in order to raise more money?
  18. Would it be appropriate if schools served fried potato products along with French fries at lunch?
  19. Should every day begin with a silent prayer at school?
  20. What if there were separate classrooms for boys and girls? Would that be more suitable?
  21. Birth control is a sensitive topic: should female students be allowed to get birth control without asking for their parents’ permission?
  22. Should female students be allowed to play on male students’ sports team?
  23. Do you think immigration laws need to be revised?
  24. Should the grades students get in gym have an impact on their grade point average?
  25. Do you believe federal governments should recognize civil unions?
  26. Do you think it would be better if USA had an universal health care system?
  27. Do you believe that cities should provide free wireless Internet?
  28. Should downloading music and movies be illegal, and those who do so should be punished?
  29. Should the US government add an extra tax for fatty snacks and junk food?
  30. Should schools allow uncensored songs at school dances?
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  32. Do you think it would be better for students to be on the honor roll in order to play in games?
  33. Do you think students should be allowed to listen to their MP3 players during the study hall?
  34. Should drug tests be mandatory for school athletes?
  35. Should citizens be allowed to have assault weaponry, based on the 2nd amendment?
  36. Would it be better if schools started later in the morning?
  37. Should people who fail to recycle be obliged to pay $50?
  38. Do you think companies should be able to advertise in schools?
  39. Should stricter penalties be given to stars who break the law?
  40. Do you think schools should teach sexual education?
  41. Should the US government legalize prostitution?
  42. Should it be illegal for people to own pitbull dogs?
  43. Do you believe restaurants who sell modified chicken under the generic name of “Chicken” should not be allowed to do so?
  44. Should property owners be obliged to clean the snow from sidewalks on their property?
  45. Is it right for teachers and students to befriend on social networks such as Facebook?
  46. Should School Staff Members Be Allowed To ‘Socialize’ With Students After School?
  47. Do you believe larger passengers should be obliged to purchase two plane tickets, or two movie tickets?
  48. Do you think the United States government should spend more on space programs?
  49. Should abortions be considered illegal from now on?
  50. Do you believe that students who are responsible for cyber-bulling should be expelled from schools?
  51. Would it be alright for stem cell researchers to use cells from aborted babies in order to cure diseases?
  52. Do you believe Puerto Rico should become a state?
  53. Do you think it is time for the United Stated to suspend overseas military operations?
  54. Should students be permitted to consume food products during classes?
  55. Should young children use booster seats in vehicles?
  56. Should people who play music loudly be obliged to pay $50?
  57. Do you think abortions should be legal, in case of incest or rape?
  58. Should public schools teach world religions?
  59. Do you believe people should need a license in order to become parents?
  60. Do you think the city should come up with a bike sharing system?
  61. Are intensive security screenings essential for those who travel in airplanes?
  62. Do you think it should be illegal for people to curs on TV during daytime?
  63. Should it be legal for people to own exotic pets such as tigers or chimps?
  64. Should assisted suicide be legal for people who suffer from terminal illnesses?
  65. Do you think students should have open campus lunch breaks?
  66. Do you believe there should be stricter federal restrictions regarding content on Internet?
  67. Do you think that teachers should pass a test of basic skills every decade, in order to renew their certifications?
  68. Should there be stricter laws for protecting endangered species?
  69. Do you think that death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?
  70. Should it be legal for politicians to accept campaign contributions that come from various corporate lobbyists?
  71. Should the government declare gambling and sports betting illegal?
  72. Should it be legal for teachers to bring their cell phones to class?
  73. Do you believe fast food should come with a warning label?
  74. Limiting fast food consumption
  75. Is sugar poison?
  76. The history of added sugar in our food
  77. Should everyone age 17 or younger have a 9:00 PM curfew?
  78. Do you believe it is time for America to convert to the metric system?
  79. Would it be better if high school students completed community service hours in order to graduate?
  80. Do you think teenagers older than 13 should be allowed into R-rated movies?
  81. Should it be illegal to drive while talking to the cell phone without a handsfree device?
  82. Should children age 13 or younger me allowed to watch music videos or music channels like MTV?
  83. Do you believe ESL students should receive state tests in other languages?
  84. Should products manufactured outside the US come with an additional tax?
  85. Should drug tests be mandatory for professional athletes?
  86. Do you think female construction workers should have the same salary as male construction workers?
  87. Do you believe large corporations should hire a number of minorities that are proportionate to the population?
  88. Do you think 14-years old teenagers should be allowed to hold jobs?
  89. Do you believe students who fail their classes should repeat the grade?
  90. Should American families have no more than two children, in order to control population growth?
  91. Would it be better if schools with low scored on standardized tests were closed?
  92. Do you believe under-aged people should be allowed to consume alcohol at home, with their parents’ permission?
  93. Should product testing on animals or humans be allowed?
  94. Should teachers or students who have high scored on standardized tests receive money?
  95. Do you think it should be legal for students to drop out before they turn 18?
  96. Do you believe companies who manufacture alcohol should be allowed to advertise on TV?
  97. Should those who are caught driving after consuming alcohol lose their driver’s license for one year?
  98. Do you think free college tuition should be offered to children in temporary living situations, with a 3.0 GPA?
  99. Should minors who commit serious crimes be charged as adults?
  100. Do you think it would be fair for the government to detain suspected terrorists without proper trial?
  101. Do you believe Internet censorship is inappropriate?
  102. Should uniforms be mandatory for teachers?
  103. Should a dog that has bitten somebody be executed?
  104. General education classes
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  106. United Nations
  107. Coke vs. Pepsi
  108. Eating fast-food
  109. Voting
  110. Why you should become an organ donor
  111. Why you should donate blood
  112. Stem-cell research: pros and cons
  113. Educational costs
  114. Lowering the drinking age
  115. Immigration
  116. Do you believe medicinal marijuana should be legalized?
  117. Should it be legal to smoke in parks and other similar outdoor locations?
  118. Public displays of affection
  119. Prayer in schools
  120. Seat belt laws
  121. Boxers vs. briefs
  122. Mandatory retirement ages
  123. Social security
  124. Speed limits
  125. Bar closing hours
  126. Smoking
  127. Airport security / Airline Safety
  128. Open source code
  129. Ritalin
  130. Media bias
  131. Gun control
  132. Hunting
  133. Oil drilling in Alaska
  134. Alternative fuels
  135. Vegetarianism
  136. Wearing fur
  137. Animal testing
  138. Sports teams named after ethnic groups
  139. Paying college athletes: should they be paid for playing?
  140. Importance of volunteering
  141. Speaking English in America
  142. Taking care of your teeth
  143. Privacy rights
  144. Advertising
  145. Cosmetic surgery
  146. Walmart
  147. Internet dating
  148. Having pets spayed/neutered
  149. Why snakes make good pets
  150. Liberal arts majors
  151. Should uniforms be mandatory for students?
  152. Term limits
  153. Academic fraud / dishonesty
  154. Academic Freedom
  155. College class attendance-taking
  156. Nuclear arms / Nuclear power / Nuclear Deterrence / Nuclear Technology
  157. Microsoft
  158. Cost of prescription drugs
  159. Parental pressure on child actors and athletes
  160. Living wills
  161. Assisted suicide
  162. Public funding of sports stadiums
  163. Cell phones in public
  164. Do you think elementary and high school students should be allowed to use cell phones at school?
  165. Personal hygiene
  166. To shave or not to shave – shaving imposed by society
  167. Factory farms
  168. Organic farming
  169. Should ‘factory farming’ be banned?
  170. Farmers Market
  171. Eating organic
  172. Zoning laws
  173. Over-development
  174. Over-population
  175. Toll roads
  176. State vehicle inspection
  177. Title IX in sports
  178. Nike vs. Adidas
  179. Landfills
  180. Frivolous lawsuits
  181. Animal trapping
  182. Mandatory sentencing
  183. Littering
  184. Crying babies in public
  185. School breakfast programs
  186. Internet gambling
  187. NAFTA
  188. Ford vs. Chevy
  189. SUV’s
  190. Affirmative Action
  191. TV ratings
  192. Corporate corruption
  193. Prison over-population
  194. Education in prisons
  195. People need to drink more water
  196. E-mail SPAM
  197. Video games and children
  198. Revisionist history
  199. NC-17 movies
  200. The SAT’s
  201. Women’s rights
  202. Children divorcing their parents
  203. Adoption
  204. Reservation casinos
  205. Smog
  206. Minimum wage
  207. Labor unions
  208. The IRS
  209. Socialized medicine
  210. Community College vs. Four Year College
  211. Military spending
  212. Cloning
  213. The War in Iraq
  214. Trash or recycling
  215. Drinking and driving
  216. Ebonics
  217. Food additives
  218. Presidential pardons
  219. Are UFO’s real?
  220. Are ghosts real?
  221. Hooters
  222. Polygamy
  223. Paparazzi
  224. Steroid use
  225. Homosexuals in the military
  226. Artificial insemination
  227. Eating veal (red meat, pork, etc.)
  228. Medicare reform
  229. Gay Marriage
  230. Evolution
  231. Pledge of Allegiance
  232. Government funding of Amtrak
  233. Why we should get proper sleep
  234. Tenure for professors
  235. National Endowment for the Arts
  236. Arts & Music Programs in public schools are an essential part of the complete learning process
  237. Juveniles getting adult jail sentences
  238. The “insanity defense”
  239. Wearing bike helmets
  240. Influences of rock music on children
  241. Child abuse
  242. Abuse of the elderly
  243. Women Abuse
  244. Police corruption
  245. Donating money to charity
  246. Is NASCAR a sport?
  247. Deadbeat dads
  248. Stay at home moms
  249. Breast feeding
  250. Eminent domain
  251. Chewing tobacco
  252. Drug abuse
  253. Medicine Abuse
  254. Censorship on the radio
  255. Cryogenics
  256. Is Astrology real?
  257. Buying products that are made in the USA
  258. Tipping
  259. Cable TV monopolies
  260. Political correctness
  261. Street gangs
  262. Graffiti
  263. Inflation
  264. Private schools
  265. Media agenda-setting
  266. Curfews
  267. Becoming foster parents
  268. Brand name products vs. Generics
  269. Should pro athletes make less?
  270. NASA funding
  271. France boycott
  272. Fire safety
  273. Learn CPR
  274. Shop at small stores
  275. Darfur
  276. Cats vs. Dogs
  277. Family sizes
  278. Musical censorship
  279. Minority scholarships
  280. Textbook prices
  281. Women’s pay rates
  282. Eat more chocolate
  283. Drink more orange juice
  284. Watch the news / Don’t watch the news
  285. Drive slower
  286. Best movie ever
  287. Travel more
  288. Martin Luther King Day
  289. Are angels real?
  290. Read more
  291. Stomach stapling
  292. Radar detectors
  293. Fishing regulations
  294. Using public transportation
  295. Watching less TV
  296. Binge drinking
  297. Live life to it’s fullest
  298. Why we should live life spontaneously
  299. Family values
  300. Military recruiting
  301. Children and violent toys
  302. Marriage ages / Age of consent
  303. Eliminate pennies
  304. No tight pants
  305. Men should wear pink
  306. Make TV more educational
  307. Meghan’s Law
  308. Medical research funding
  309. Downloading/copying copyrighted materials
  310. Ticketmaster
  311. Women should propose marriage
  312. Keep public bathrooms clean
  313. Public television/radio
  314. Buy security alarms
  315. Shock therapy
  316. Different political systems
  317. Illegal aliens
  318. Artificial hormones in food
  319. Global warming
  320. Don’t take education for granted
  321. Home schooling
  322. School choice
  323. Be true to yourself
  324. Save your money
  325. Cherish your friends
  326. Road rage
  327. Secondhand smoke
  328. Healthcare crisis
  329. Prison alternatives
  330. Child labor
  331. Religious cults
  332. Importance of sports
  333. Everyone should play a sport
  334. Pitbulls
  335. Pesticides
  336. Reincarnation
  337. Columbus Day
  338. Greek system
  339. Video game addiction
  340. Ephedra
  341. School security
  342. Sharing the road with bikes
  343. Fixing potholes
  344. Watch out for animals when driving
  345. State lotteries
  346. Advertising standards
  347. Fireworks
  348. Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  349. Internet standards
  350. Listen to your parents
  351. Take a year off from school
  352. Why Disney should not be making Star Wars movies
  353. How does Puppy Mills affect us?
  354. Why you should / should not buy an iPhone
  355. Impact of oil spills in oceans
  356. Living off campus vs living on campus
  357. Do magazines marketed for teenagers send the wrong message?
  358. Improving time management
  359. Birth control pills
  360. Impact of social networks in our daily life
  361. Every American should learn to speak Spanish
  362. Every American should learn to speak English
  363. Country life is better than city life
  364. Life is better now than it was 50 years ago
  365. Should Scotland be a country of its own?
  366. Internet fraud
  367. Developing a positive self esteem
  368. Homeless people in the USA
  369. Terrorism
  370. Diet pills are bad for your health
  371. Acid Rain
  372. Afghanistan
  373. Africa
  374. China will be the next superpower
  375. Homeopathic treatments: cure or hoax
  376. Safety and crime
  377. End of the world
  378. Fast food as a reason of obesity in the USA
  379. Is the Fast-Food Industry Accountable Legally for Obesity? (The McLawsuit)
  380. Mind games in modern advertising
  381. How bullying changes who you are
  382. How bullying can lead to suicide
  383. Future of our world
  384. Future of social networks
  385. Future of Internet
  386. Animal captivity
  387. Electronics are making kids lazy
  388. Why it’s wrong for commercial and mass media to promote a specific beauty standard like one body shape, long hair, thin, tall, etc
  389. Prisoners should not allowed to vote
  390. Chemistry is not science
  391. Swimming is not purely a water sport
  392. Pigeons should be on the protected animals list
  393. Drunk-driving laws don’t seem to be working
  394. More people should car-pool or use public transportation
  395. Wearing seat belts ensures all passengers of a safer ride
  396. People are morally obligated to help the poor
  397. Fairy tales are good for young children
  398. Recycling is just a fad
  399. Texting (SMS) while driving
  400. Teen Suicide
  401. How would you support English being the official language of the USA?
  402. Why you should own a horse
  403. Music Censorship
  404. A particular cultural ingredient is of paramount importance in making people who they are
  405. How to laugh every day
  406. Why should alcohol be Illegal
  407. Why is the media to blame for eating disorders
  408. Are men better drivers than women?
  409. The state government should provide shelter for the homeless
  410. Why are zoos bad
  411. Media does not force us to worship false icons
  412. Printing photos instead of keeping them on a computer
  413. Benefits of having pets at home
  414. Drug advertisements should be prohibited
  415. What would be a good made-up holiday?
  416. Should we get the day off on our birthday?
  417. Teachers would have an extra day to plan their lesson
  418. Should we get longer holidays?
  419. Should children have homework?
  420. Why toddlers and tiaras should be banned
  421. Public display of affection
  422. Aging Population
  423. AIDS/HIV
  424. Air Pollution
  425. Alternative imprisonment
  426. Alternative Medicine
  427. Amnesty
  428. Anorexia
  429. Antisemitism
  430. Arab-Israeli Conflict
  431. Armed Conflicts
  432. Do you believe free condoms should be distributed for students, in schools?
  433. Creationism vs. Evolution
  434. Dating Campus Issues
  435. Depression
  436. Dieting vs healthy lifestyle change
  437. Endangered Oceans
  438. Endangered Species
  439. Espionage and Intelligence Gathering
  440. Ethnic Violence
  441. Family Violence / Domestic Violence
  442. Fat Tax On Food
  443. Feminism
  444. Foreign Oil Dependence
  445. The U.S. should cut off all foreign aid to dictatorships
  446. Foster Care
  447. Genetic Engineering
  448. Genetically Engineered Foods
  449. Genocide
  450. Global Resources
  451. Government Fraud and Waste
  452. Racial Profiling
  453. Rain Forests
  454. Religious Right
  455. Reproductive Technologies
  456. Russia
  457. School Violence
  458. Single Parent Families
  459. Social Welfare
  460. Space Exploration
  461. Stadium Taxes
  462. Teen Pregnancy
  463. Tobacco Industry
  464. Trade with China
  465. US Budget
  466. Urban Terrorism
  467. Vaccinations
  468. Violent Video Games
  469. Voluntary National Testing
  470. War Crimes
  471. War On Drugs
  472. Water Resources / Save water / Water conservation
  473. Weapons Disarmament
  474. Women in the Military
  475. Hate Crime
  476. Homeland Security
  477. Infectious Diseases
  478. Inner City Poverty
  479. Internet Chat rooms
  480. Impact of Internet on Society
  481. Islamic Fundamentalism
  482. Juvenile Crime
  483. Marriage and Divorce
  484. Living together before marriage
  485. Media Violence
  486. Medical Ethics
  487. Missile Defense System
  488. Nonproliferation
  489. Organized Crime
  490. Pornography
  491. Poverty
  492. Importance of office parties
  493. Positives and negatives sides of social parties
  494. Prison regime
  495. Race Relations
  496. Working Women World Trade
  497. Accelerated learning
  498. Accidents
  499. Adult training
  500. Alcoholics Anonymous
  501. Alternative Education
  502. Athletics in schools
  503. Attitude
  504. Audience
  505. Automobiles
  506. Toyota vs. Honda
  507. Awards & recognition
  508. Bad Habits
  509. Basic Camping Skills
  510. Basic Survival Skills
  511. Beauty
  512. Blue collar vs. white collar status
  513. Board of directors
  514. Body clock
  515. Body language / gestures
  516. Books
  517. E-books vs. traditional books
  518. Why comic books are a good to read
  519. Braces
  520. Bulletin Board
  521. Capitalism
  522. Censorship
  523. Chairman
  524. Christmas
  525. Classroom training
  526. Club executive
  527. Coaching
  528. Computer literacy
  529. Cooking
  530. Crafts
  531. Creativity
  532. Credibility
  533. Crime & Law
  534. Daredevils
  535. Decisions and consequences
  536. Difficult people
  537. Discipline
  538. Discovering one’s self
  539. Diversity
  540. Dreams
  541. Dress for Success
  542. Dynamic members
  543. Effective communication
  544. Electronic communication
  545. Embarrassing moments
  546. Empathy
  547. Employment opportunities
  548. Empowerment
  549. Engagements
  550. Enthusiasm
  551. Entrepreneurship
  552. Pollution
  553. Exercise / Fitness
  554. Expectations
  555. Extracurricular activities
  556. Eye Contact
  557. Facilitating
  558. Family success
  559. Family tree
  560. Fashion
  561. Federal Government and education
  562. Financial Assistance for students
  563. Free Trade Agreement
  564. Friends (or enemies)
  565. Garage Sales
  566. Garbage
  567. Gardening
  568. Glasses & contact lenses
  569. Goals
  570. Grades and grading
  571. Hand writing
  572. History of a particular science
  573. Hockey
  574. Horse racing
  575. House cleaning
  576. How technology has changed / will change our lives
  577. Human Rights
  578. Humor
  579. Ideal society
  580. Illiteracy (Innumeracy)
  581. Job search
  582. Jury duty
  583. Kissing
  584. Leadership
  585. Life cycle
  586. Logic & emotions
  587. Management of change
  588. Managing stress / avoiding Burn Out
  589. Manners
  590. Massage
  591. Mistakes happen
  592. Motivation
  593. Mutual trust
  594. Negotiate
  595. Niche Marketing
  596. Nutrition
  597. Paperless society
  598. Parliamentary procedures
  599. Personal efficiency
  600. Personal growth
  601. Positive thinking
  602. Ordinary Postal Service vs Emailing
  603. Potential
  604. Presentation skills
  605. President
  606. Problem solving skills
  607. Procrastination / Productivity
  608. Propaganda abroad and at home
  609. Publicity
  610. Pure vs. Applied research
  611. Questions & Answers
  612. Quotes/ famous sayings
  613. Recent advances in sciences
  614. Red Cross
  615. Romance
  616. Running a business
  617. Safety at home and at school
  618. Secrets of power presentations
  619. Self confidence
  620. Self image
  621. Self talk
  622. Signs & symbols
  623. Spirituality versus Religion
  624. Spring fever
  625. Star Trek
  626. Stars
  627. Success
  628. Taxation
  629. Team building
  630. Teamwork
  631. The environment
  632. The press
  633. The role of religion
  634. Faith in God
  635. The secret of happiness
  636. Turning weakness to strength
  637. Unemployment
  638. Vacation
  639. Violence on television
  640. Wealth
  641. Wild animals
  642. Yachts & boating
  643. Yoga
  644. Zodiac
  645. Zoology
  646. Euthanasia could decrease suicide rates
  647. War can solve world hunger
  648. The moon landing was a fraud. America just wanted to piss on the Soviets
  649. High School football programs should receive a lower budget
  650. Google and other search engines will be the death of libraries
  651. Mars was the same as Earth in the past
  652. Did the US army provide their soldiers with drugs during the Vietnam War?
  653. Everything happens for a reason
  654. Why shouldn’t you work too hard when you’re diabetic?
  655. Should the state fund schools run by particular faiths?
  656. Are beauty contests harmful?
  657. Should doctors be allowed to prescribe contraception for girls under the age of 16?
  658. Should flag burning as a form of protest be prohibited?
  659. Should the state be fully privatized?
  660. Should mothers stay at home to raise their children?
  661. Too much money is a bad thing
  662. We shouldn’t have to pay for Internet access
  663. The school year should be longer
  664. Students should be allowed to pray in school
  665. MP3 music should be free
  666. We should all grow our own vegetables
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