Poll concludes Americans are getting ruder
In a recent survey of American adults, 75% felt American adults are becoming ruder and less civilized. (You might wonder if the other 25% threatened to beat the stuffings out of the telephone pollster asking the question, but that was not the case.)
The phone poll, by Rasmussen Reports, found that only 10% of the responders felt that our countrymen and women were kinder and gentler; 15% were undecided. Those who felt most strongly that our country was becoming less polite were women under 40.The lack of civility in our society is a serious problem, and it's growing. If you don't agree, you're an asshole, and I'll punch you.
The pollster then asked those surveyed if they thought that the trend of rude behavior by celebrities and politicians (Joe Wilson shouting "You lie!" during President Obama's speech was cited as an example,) was making this worse. The responders were split on this hypothesis, 41% feeling that those episodes did add to the general rudeness, 38% feeling they didn't.