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Civility in America 2018


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Civility in America 2018

  1. 1. CIVILITY IN AMERICA 2018 Despite a daily barrage of partisan conflict, Americans from both political parties are generally united in the belief that uncivil behavior is rampant and having profound and negative effects on our democracy. The 8th installment of Civility in America by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate conducted with KRC Research represents the opinions and experiences of 1,481 American adults who were surveyed in January 2018. PARTISAN AGREEMENT ON THE STATE OF CIVILITY IN AMERICA CITE THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVILITY TO OUR DEMOCRACY BELIEVE THAT INCIVILITY OF POLITICIANS AND OTHER LEADERS ENCOURAGES SOCIETAL INCIVILITY AMONG AMERICANS… AGREE THAT THE NATION HAS A CIVILITY PROBLEM Minor problem BELIEVE INCIVILITY LEADS TO LESS POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT 95% 96% 92% 78% 85% 79% 76% 83% 77% 93% 95% 95% Major problem 24% 22% 26% 69% 73% 69% 83% 84% 89% BELIEVE INCIVILITY LEADS TO INTOLERANCE OF FREE SPEECH
  2. 2. A full report on the State of Civility in America in 2018 is coming April 2018. For more information about Civility in America 2018: Partisan Agreement please contact: BELIEVE IT IS “VERY” IMPORTANT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO BE CIVIL AMERICANS PERCEIVE POLITICAL CONSEQUENCES TO INCIVILITY Political gridlock Less attention to political debates or conversations Deterrent to entering public service 75% 60% 59% Leslie Gaines-Ross Chief Reputation Strategist Weber Shandwick Mark Richards Senior Vice President/ Management Supervisor KRC Research Lance Morgan Chief Communications Strategist Weber Shandwick AGREE THAT CIVILITY HAS GOTTEN WORSE COMPARED TO A FEW YEARS AGO 68% 86% 76% 72% 74% 72% BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD BE “A LOT” MORE EFFECTIVE IF HE WERE MORE CIVIL 40% 50% 43% BELIEVE THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CIVIL Somewhat civil 35% 64% 14% Very civil 22% 37% 9% 13% 27% 5% 50% 43% 53% EXPECTCIVILITY TO GETWORSE IN THE NEXTFEW YEARS