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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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