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Research: Thanks to Politics, Society is More Brutish

Weber Shandwick, Powell Tate, and KRC Research have released the results of the third annual “Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey,” finding that people believe incivility is running rampant across society, fueled by politics, government, and political campaigning.

This online survey of 1,000 Americans was conducted in April.

Nearly three quarters of respondents (71 percent) say we’ve become less civil in the last three years, and 63 percent say incivility is a “major problem.” About 80 percent say politics is uncivil and becoming more so, with 69 percent saying the rude behavior caused the breakdown of the budget talks last year.

However, both Presidential candidates were given higher marks for civil behavior over uncivil behavior. Still, more than half of respondents say they aren’t paying attention to political ads, election coverage, or politics in general because of the harsh tone.

After the jump, we’ve got an infographic with details. For more on the survey, click here.

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