76% Say Americans Becoming More Rude, Less Civilized
Alice Cooper said it best: “No more Mr. nice guy.”
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 76% of Adults say Americans are becoming more rude and less civilized. Just 12% say they’re becoming kinder and gentler, while just as many (12%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The number of Americans who believe their fellow citizens are getting ruder is up from 69% this time last year, but shows no change from September 2009.
Perhaps technology has something to do with it. A majority of adults (57%) say it’s rude for someone sitting next to you in public to be talking on their cell phone. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, and another 10% are undecided. In August of last year, Americans were evenly divided on this question.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 31-August 1, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC . See methodology .
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