More than half of voters say it's inappropriate for elected officials to use profanity

More than half of voters say it’s inappropriate for elected officials to swear in public, according to a Hill-Harris poll released on Friday.

Sixty-four percent of respondents believe it’s inappropriate for lawmakers to use obscene language publicly, compared to just 11 percent of those surveyed said they think it is appropriate.

Another 25 percent said it made no difference at all.

Older voters were more inclined to take issue with lawmakers cursing in public. Eighty-two percent of those aged 65 and over thought lawmakers openly using profanity is inappropriate.

When broken down by gender, 71 of female respondents said such language is inappropriate, compared to 56 percent of male respondents who said the same.

This sentiment was shared by voters across party lines. Seventy percent of Democrats said it is inappropriate for public officials to swear in public, as do 58 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of independents.

Lawmakers are on pace to curse more in public in 2019 than in any year in recent memory, according to a recent analysis conducted by The Hill.

An exclusive report by government-relations software company GovPredict revealed that the frequency of lawmakers dropping curse words has increased steadily since 2014.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE, who has been dubbed by The New York Times as the “profanity president,” has a long history of cussing — both in public and in private.

Trump took to Twitter to call parts of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s Russia report "total bullshit" after the findings were released in April. According to the Mueller report, Trump also said “I’m f---ed” upon learning that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to the investigation on Russia interference in the 2016 election.

But Trump is not alone — a number of 2020 Democratic White House candidates made headlines for using obscenities.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEnlisting tech to fight coronavirus sparks surveillance fears Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.J.) both used expletive language towards the president when criticizing his response to the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio earlier this month.

When asked what Trump could do in response to the El Paso massacre, O’Rourke said, “He's been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Members of the press, what the f---?”

Booker called Trump’s speech addressing the mass shootings a “bullshit soup of ineffective words.”

The Hill-HarrisX poll surveyed 1,001 Americans online between Aug. 16 and 17. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn

--This report was updated on Aug. 25 at 7:04 a.m.