Poll: More voters blame Trump than Dems for lack of civility

Poll: More voters blame Trump than Dems for lack of civility
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More voters blame President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE than Democrats for the lack of civility in politics, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

The survey found that 91 percent of Americans say the lack of civility in politics is a serious problem, with 47 percent of respondents saying Trump is responsible for that. Thirty-seven percent pointed the finger at Democrats.


Additionally, 55 percent of adults said Trump's rhetoric has emboldened people who hold racist views to publicly express those beliefs.

The poll was conducted June 27–July 1 among a group of 1,020 voters. It has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

The survey comes as debates around the role of civility in politics escalate. In June, after several members of the Trump administration were confronted by protesters at restaurants, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersManufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching Trump officials vow to reform Fannie, Freddie if Congress doesn't act MORE (D-Calif.) called for a continuation of public confrontations.

Her remarks drew criticism from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Trump falsely claiming that Waters was urging people to harm his supporters.

Waters said she was forced to cancel two public events last week due to a death threat. But at an immigration rally in Los Angeles over the weekend, she said she had a message for anyone who is considering hurting her.

“All I have to say is this, if you shoot me, you better shoot straight. There’s nothing like a wounded animal,” Waters said.