Politics Driving Growing Trend of National Incivility

Politics Driving Civility Disorder: A rancorous political environment is primarily responsible for driving a “national civility disorder,” and most Americans say politics is increasingly uncivil, complicating resolution of major issues and deterring people from entering public service, says a new poll by Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate and KRC Research. Reinforcing these perceptions, nearly seven in 10 Americans (67%) expect the upcoming November election process to be uncivil.

Other findings include: 

  • Two-thirds (63%) of Americans believe incivility remains a “major problem.” The survey also found that nearly three-quarters (71%) believe civility has declined in recent years and 55% expect the decline to continue, with politics and government being most responsible for the problem.

  • About eight in 10 Americans say political campaigns are uncivil and politics is becoming more uncivil. Substantial majorities think the tone of public discourse is harming America’s future.

  • While only 17% of the public reported being untouched by incivility, fewer Americans this year reported personal experiences with incivility on the road (60% in 2012 vs. 72% in 2011); while shopping (49% vs. 65%); at work (34% vs. 43%); and in their neighborhoods (28% vs. 35%).


Source: Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate/KRC Research 

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Scott Van Camp is editor of PR News, an executive-level, reader-supported publication that helps enhance the business impact of PR. Scott has a rich background in both journalism and PR/marketing. He has more than 15 years of experience as a writer/editor at various consumer and trade publications. Scott was with VNU Business Publications for five years, including stints as managing editor at IQ News and Technology Marketing magazines and senior editor at Brandweek. In the PR/marketing sphere, he has served as corporate communications manager at MarketBridge, a marketing and sales consultancy, and as editorial director for the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. While at the Council, Scott led several high-profile marketing research projects. He has also operated his own communications and media consulting firm, SVC Communications.

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