(HT: FOTF Pastor’s Weekly Briefing)
Public Attitudes on Rudeness

A recent Associated Press-Ipsos telephone poll on public attitudes about rudeness found the following: (scroll down, I have a formatting bug!)

1. Compared to 20 or 30 years ago, do you think people are more rude, less rude, or about the same?

More rude

69%

Less rude

4%

The same

26%

Not sure

1%

2. Where does the blame for this increase in rudeness lie?

(Asked only of those who answered “more rude” to the first question)

Celebrities, athletes and public figures behaving rudely and being poor role models

A great deal

38%

A fair amount

31%

Only a little

21%

No blame

9%

Not sure

1%

Parents not teaching good manners to children

A great deal

69%

A fair amount

24%

Only a little

6%

No blame

1%

Not sure

TV shows and movies that show rude behavior

A great deal

44%

A fair amount

29%

Only a little

18%

No blame

8%

Not sure

1%

People leading busier lives and not taking time for politeness

A great deal

34%

A fair amount

41%

Only a little

19%

No blame

6%

Not sure

3. How often do you encounter the following situations?

People using their cell phones in a loud or annoying manner in public

Frequently

55%

Occasionally

30%

Rarely

12%

Never

3%

Not sure

People using rude or offensive language in public

Frequently

48%

Occasionally

34%

Rarely

15%

Never

3%

Not sure

People talking loudly or using cell phones at movie theaters

Frequently

22%

Occasionally

26%

Rarely

27%

Never

19%

Not sure

6%

Drivers who are aggressive and reckless on the road

Frequently

55%

Occasionally

36%

Rarely

7%

Never

2%

Not sure

Sales people in stores ignoring customers or treating them rudely

Frequently

28%

Occasionally

41%

Rarely

23%

Never

7%

Not sure

1%

Children behaving rudely in public

Frequently

44%

Occasionally

41%

Rarely

11%

Never

3%

Not sure

1%

Rude behavior on television and in movies

Frequently

54%

Occasionally

30%

Rarely

9%

Never

5%

Not sure

2%

4. Which of the following have you yourself done in the last few months?

Used a swearword in public

Yes

37%

No

63%

Not sure

Used your cell phone in a loud or annoying manner in public

Yes

8%

No

91%

Not sure

1%

Gotten impatient with someone in public and spoken rudely to them

Yes

23%

No

77%

Not sure

Made an obscene gesture at another person while driving a car

Yes

13%

No

87%

Not sure

Asked someone behaving rudely to stop their behavior

Yes

38%

No

62%

Not sure

Made a formal complaint about someone behaving rudely

Yes

22%

No

78%

Not sure

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