Overwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics

An overwhelming majority of Americans say it's important for politicians to treat each other with civility, according to a new Hill-HarrisX survey released Monday.

Ninety percent of respondents nationwide said that it’s important for politicians to be civil to one another, compared to just 10 percent who said they didn't think it was important.

Voters across the political spectrum said civility was important to them. An equal share of Democrats and independents — 90 percent — were in agreement, as were 89 percent of Republicans.

Civility in politics has come under renewed scrutiny ever since President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE took office in 2016. 

The president in December faced bipartisan backlash for his comments about the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellRaces heat up for House leadership posts Democrats flubbed opportunity to capitalize on postal delays COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (D-Mich.) at a campaign rally.

Trump suggested that Dingell might be “looking up” instead of looking down from heaven. The president also attacked Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellNurses union lobbies Congress on health care bills during National Nurses Week OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Why the US needs a successful federal green bank MORE (D-Mich.), the late lawmaker's wife, for voting in favor of impeachment.

Trump previously faced backlash from Democrats and Republicans alike for repeatedly bashing the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (R-Ariz.). Following McCain's death, Trump criticized him for his crucial vote against repealing ObamaCare and his handling of a dossier containing unsubstantiated allegations about Trump's ties to Russia.

More recently, Democrats have also wrestled with the issue of civility. 

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix House Democrats ask Garland to review case of lawyer placed under house arrest over Chevron suit OSHA sends draft emergency temporary standard for COVID-19 to OMB review Imperative that Democrats figure out what went wrong in 2020 MORE (D-Mich.) on Saturday vowed to do “better” after she was caught on video booing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE at a campaign event for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.).

Talaib, who has endorsed Sanders for president, later insisted she “will continue to strive to come from a place of love,” and called on Democrats to rally around whoever becomes the party's nominee to challenge President Trump in November.

"This is about building a just and equitable future for my two boys, children across the country, and future generations," she said.

Sanders holds a narrow lead heading into Monday's Iowa caucuses.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls, Sanders tops the crowded primary field with 24.2 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE is in second place with 20.2 percent, followed by former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttitieg's 16.4 percent and 15.6 percent support for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.). 

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online among 1,001 registered voters from Jan. 30-31. The margin or error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn