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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE took office in 2016. 

The president in December faced bipartisan backlash for his comments about the late Rep. John DingellJohn DingellMichigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Great American Outdoors Act will deliver critical investments to our national parks, forests The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy 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 DingellMichigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Court orders release of Black Michigan teen who was jailed for missing schoolwork Lobbying world 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 McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo 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 TlaibHuffPost reporter discusses progressives' successful showing on Tuesday Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal MORE (D-Mich.) on Saturday vowed to do “better” after she was caught on video booing former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE at a campaign event for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic 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 BidenBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Biden clarifies comments comparing African American and Latino communities Kanye West may have missed deadline to get on Wisconsin ballot by minutes: report 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 WarrenBiden VP race is highly fluid days before expected pick Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package 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