According to the latest Time poll, 40 percent of Americans rate “so-called ‘values issues,’ such as abortion and gay marriage” as “extremely” or “very” important in voting for president. As opposed to 95 percent for the nation’s economy, 85 percent for Iraq, 79 percent for terrorism, 78 percent for health care, 76 percent for gas prices at the pump, 72 percent for taxes, 57 percent for immigration, 51 percent for global warming, 50 percent for reducing world poverty, and 41 percent for the AIDS epidemic in Africa. In other words, among all the issues inquired about, “values” comes in last. Meanwhile, on whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, the split is 47 percent for and 47 percent against. On a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, it’s 58 percent against, 35 percent for.