09/26/2012 11:02 am ET Updated Nov 26, 2012

How Does Being A Parent Change Your Politics?

Both Presidential candidates have been talking endlessly to parents this election cycle, but we parents have had far fewer chances to talk back.

Now two publications -- and -- have gone out and asked for our opinions, specifically looking at how having children shapes our political views.

Both polls found that the most important issues to parents are the economy, health care and education, although respondents were not asked which party's proposed solutions held most appeal.

There were also differences in the answers from one poll to the other. Among readers, 42 percent say their children's lives will be better than their own, while readers are more optimistic, with 55 percent believing that.

You can read many of the rest of the results below. And use the comments to discuss perhaps the most intriguing of the poll questions: Have you changed your political views since becoming a parent?

Have YOU?

In what way?

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