Talk about the 2012 presidential elections is gaining momentum as more GOP candidates announce intentions to challenge President Obama for America’s top job.

On Facebook, we asked what issues are of greatest concern for the 2012 elections. Of the 381 responses to our survey, 159 said the economy is most important.

Also top of mind for fire fighters and other public employees are overzealous governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Rick Snyder who want to crush the rights of workers in their states. This issue is the second most important to those who responded.

Gas prices, pensions and retirements and other issues are also likely to influence the 2012 presidential race as more campaigning gets underway.