Poll: More Americans say GOP is discourteous

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson
Associated Press

Washington — 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 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.

Nearly three-quarters say people are more rude these days than they were decades ago. Even so, two-thirds see political campaigns this year as outdoing the public in levels of rudeness.