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Monday, October 17, 2016

2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN REVEALS CHILLING TREND LINES FOR CIVILITY IN U.S. POLITICS


2016 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN REVEALS CHILLING TREND LINES FOR CIVILITY IN U.S. POLITICS

New Zogby survey from Allegheny College finds Americans significantly more accepting of personal attacks in politics since last survey in 2010

October 17, 2016 (Meadville, PA) - As American voters await the third and final presidential debate this week, a landmark new Zogby Survey on Civility in U.S. Politics commissioned by Allegheny College reveals chilling trend lines for civility in America. The September 2016 survey of 1,286 adults, which revisits the same questions asked in Allegheny's 2010 benchmark civility survey, shows that this year's presidential campaign appears to be the most uncivil in recent American politics. And the uncivil behavior appears to be numbing the electorate.
"These findings are stunning and deeply disturbing for everyone who believes civil discourse is essential to the long-term health of our democracy," said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen, Jr.
For example, in 2010, 89% of respondents said commenting on another's race or ethnicity in a political engagement was not okay. Today that number has dropped to 69%, a full 20 points. Similarly, 81% said commenting on someone's sexual orientation was not acceptable. Today that number is 65%.
Please click on the link below to view the full release:
http://zogbyanalytics.com/news/757-2016-presidential-campaign-reveals-chilling-trend-lines-for-civility-in-u-s-politics

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