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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Poll: Republicans just rude & crude

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks on stage during campaign event at Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York April 6, 2016 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

Ask Americans about bad manners in the 2016 presidential campaign and the conversation shifts immediately to Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner who has branded his critics, “little,” ”lyin,” ”low-energy” and worse.

“I don’t recall anyone stirring up as much of a fuss as Mr. Trump,” says Sidney Waldman, 81, a retired book store owner in Key West, Florida. “He just does not need to say things the way he says them. It may get attention now, but he is going to be remembered in a negative way.”

“He’s a bully,” says Kellie Zangrillo, 53, of Auburn, Washington, like Waldman an independent. Trump not only may have set the tone in the campaign, she suggested, but his nasty words could have real consequences if uttered as president. “I think he’d get us into World War III.”

When it comes to rudeness in 2016 politics, the Republican presidential contest wins in a landslide, a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found. The survey shows that 78 percent of Americans, including most Republicans, see the GOP race as discourteous. Only about half as many — 41 percent — say the same about the Democratic campaign.

Eight in 10 people say remarks about race or gender and sexuality are unacceptable in public places, and that political leaders should be held to a higher standard of behavior than other people.

It’s not just politics. Nearly three-quarters say people in general are ruder these days than 20 or 30 years ago, a finding similar to one seen in an Associated Press/Ipsos poll taken in 2005. Even so, two-thirds see political campaigns this year as outdoing the public in levels of rudeness.

Trump plainly has played a role in setting the tone to extra-coarse, doling out put-downs to a wide selection of critics, political opponents, a religious group, debate moderators and protesters. Former GOP candidate Jeb Bush was “low energy.” Onetime GOP hopeful Marco Rubio was “little Marco.” Ted Cruz, who is Trump’s most prominent rival for the nomination, is “lyin Ted.” Famously, Trump said Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” after she pressed him last year on his insults of women.

Manners matter to Americans. Florida’s Rubio learned how little they appreciate discourtesy on the campaign trail when he returned Trump’s insults in kind, lost his home state primary in Florida and dropped out of the contest. Rubio said he regretted adopting Trump’s technique.

Now, there’s evidence that Trump may have gotten the message as he struggles to add to a following that could leave him short of the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the GOP presidential nomination. He’s hired professional political operatives to steer him in the delegate derby. He was reported to have met with Kelly this week, after months of tweeted insults and his boycotting a Fox debate earlier this year.

There are deep cultural roots to Americans’ dislike of rudeness in their leaders. The poll found that in general, the public disapproves of behavior ranging from using cellphones in restaurants to making sexist statements in public. Most people find vulgar language and bigoted comments inappropriate. More than 80 percent say remarks and jokes about race or about gender and sexuality are unacceptable. There is less condemnation for these types of comments made in private, but more than 6 in 10 regard them as improper there as well.

Half the public see this year’s campaign for the Republican nomination as mostly rude and disrespectful, and an additional 29 percent consider it somewhat so. Even 8 in 10 Republicans (79 percent) regard their party’s process to determine a nominee for president as ill-mannered.

In contrast, only 16 percent say the campaign between the Democratic candidates for president is mostly rude and disrespectful, while 25 percent who consider it somewhat so.

Trump likes to dismiss complaints about his manners as “political correctness.” The poll found that only 15 percent believe candidates should not be sensitive to the possibility of upsetting other people.

The AP-NORC poll of 1,004 adults was conducted March 17-21 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone.


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89 thoughts on “Poll: Republicans just rude & crude”

  1. A number readers have commented on this article and also took time to email me about the illustration used when the article was originally published. Some incorrectly blamed the authors of the article for using the illustration. It was not their decision. It was mine and, in reflection, I agree that it was over the top. Most of the rudeness and crudeness we see on the campaign trail today comes from one source: Donald Trump. The illustration now reflects that. My apologies for using the original illustration.

  2. The age of “political correctness” is a crock. You can’t say anything without being crucified because people just can’t handle the truth or direct answers. It’s getting to the point that you can’t even say “Hi.” anymore without some libtard whining that you just insinuated that they use drugs! The GOP is offensive? Just look at Billary 2.0’s picture. That’s offensive enough for everyone to know Monica s name! George Carlin would throw a fit if he knew how bad things have gotten!

  3. I don’t see Trump supporters disrupting traffic, disrespecting the flag, threatening to attack cops or demanding — or getting — paid to demonstrate. Where would the Bernie supporters be if Soros closed the coffers?

  4. I think they forgot dumb lol

    Just take JohnJett’s comment above, for example- anyone who dislikes Trump and finds him embarrassing is a “thin skinned moron” and apparently riding some kind of strange train that doesn’t exist. The true dumb thing, however, is that folks like JohnJett believe that Donald Trump is one of them and not a member of the elite.

  5. So the liberals (and paid protestors) go to Trump events for the sole purpose of being rude and disruptive and yet it is Republicans who are rude? The college students “occupy” public space paid for by taxpayers and attack people for doing their jobs and it is Republicans who are rude? Truly we are living in an Orwell book!

  6. Except it is really all the Dems and the paid disruptors from the liberal side of things. Bernie’s Burners burn down more than walls they pick fights then blame everyone else. yahoo is a liberal bash site…shame on you guys

  7. For all these years the republicans have never done anything for the people, just themselves and their business partners.

  8. Is this really news. A middle finger that is pointed at me because I am a republican. So disgusting. I am disappointed in Yahoo, the associated press and Capital Hill blue. I am disgusted and will not have yahoo as my home page.

  9. I would agree with part of your statement…there are a lot of morons in this country…and you would appear to be one of them. Your comment is simply nonsense. Chump does not have a majority of GOPer support, and the GOPer’s are the minority political party in this country. More are Dems, and more still self-identify as independents. Millions of Americans dislike Chump because he is a bigot, racist, misogynist, a belligerent narcissist spewing hate and anger. He has insulted nearly every group in the country, excepting his ‘base’ of low-information, poorly educated, mostly older, mostly white males and their wives. He does not represent the majority of decent Americans….not by a long shot! People who defend such idiocy are living in some right wing extremist echo chamber.

  10. all you need to do is read the quran bible and there you will find obama, hillary,sanders and the rest of the bleeding heart liberals. so let it be said, so let it be done. AMERICA TURN YOUR FACE BACK TO JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAViOR OR YOU WILL BE DESTROYED, just like every other country throughout history. so let it be said so let it be done. THE TROJAN HORSE IS ALL READY HERE, thanks to” see above first sentence”

  11. John, I’m glad I’m not you. Nothing good comes from anger and hate and you have an abundance of both.

  12. Republicans are crude??? What a joke. Just look at the protesters last night in CT and even in Chicago last month. every other word had to be beeped out. Liberals are the foul mouth one. Why? Because the MSM will not call them out on their foul mouths. And look at the smart ass role model they have in our WH.

  13. Nobody seemed to think it was rude and crude when Clinton was training Monica on cigars. Nobody thought that it was rude and crude when Billy was accused of sexual harassment by a who stable of women. Nobody thought it rude and crude when Nancy Pelosi created the “scorched earth policy” against George Bush in which everything said or done by Bush was to be demonized, mocked, or laughed at by all Democrats, no matter whether the Bush event was good or bad, right or wrong. No, no, all of that was just very suave and debonair, very civil and gentile, at least if you’re a liberal.

  14. Yes, this country will be much better off if we are able to insult people we don’t like. Vote for Trump because he knows how to insult others, and he is not corrupt but the most honest and intelligent American. If you vote for any other candidate is because you’re a slave.

  15. We’ve just had enough of having our money stolen from us and given away to those who refuse to make their own way.

    • I’m just tired of having my money stolen from me and given to corporations that make their way overseas.

  16. The less educated and the not very bright are easily swayed by hate propaganda coming out of FOX and the bully. They are then quick to comment their hate filled comments on all sites void of all common decency and respect.

  17. Isn’t it funny how the folks who don’t know what is going on always think anyone who provides the facts is rude or crude or both. Bu they are completely willing to call people names, and tell lies, and they don’t think there is anything wrong with that at all.

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