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 John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE took office in 2016. 

The president in December faced bipartisan backlash for his comments about the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellOverwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics Lawmakers discuss how to work together in midst of impeachment fight James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week 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 DingellDemocratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement Hillicon Valley: Tech confronts impact of coronavirus | House GOP offers resolution to condemn UK over Huawei | YouTube lays out plans to tackle 2020 misinformation Overwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics 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 McCainEleventh Democratic presidential debate to be held in Phoenix Moderate Democrats now in a race against the clock Biden on Graham's push for investigation: 'I don't know what happened' to him 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 TlaibWill Bernie have to turn on his bros? Rashida Tlaib detained by police during protest against low wages at Detroit airport Trump, like most presidents, takes credit for American workers' effort MORE (D-Mich.) on Saturday vowed to do “better” after she was caught on video booing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Democratic demolition derby Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE at a campaign event for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad 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 BidenJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad 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 Ann WarrenJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight 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