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.
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 TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 BookerLawmakers gear up for spending bill, infrastructure votes Booker: End of police reform negotiations a 'frustrating experience' Sunday shows - All eyes on spending votes 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.
--This report was updated on Aug. 25 at 7:04 a.m.