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 TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE took office in 2016. 

The president in December faced bipartisan backlash for his comments about the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellThe Memo: Trump tests limits of fiery attacks during crisis Overwhelming majority of voters say civility is needed in politics Lawmakers discuss how to work together in midst of impeachment fight 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 DingellCoronavirus stimulus package shouldn't leave out older Americans Pentagon cleanup of toxic 'forever chemicals' likely to last decades Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget 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 McCainJuan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment President Trump is right — Now's the time for 'all hands on deck' 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 TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mich.) on Saturday vowed to do “better” after she was caught on video booing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world MORE at a campaign event for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators 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 BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response 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 WarrenDemocratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Seth Meyers returning to late-night TV with 'hybrid episodes' Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll 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