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How rude! Americans frustruated by lack of respect

Four in five Americans say a lack of respect and courtesy is a serious problem, and 60 percent say things have gotten worse in recent years. Behaviors we're seeing:


34% Often see rude and disrespectful people
54% Sometimes see rude and disrespectful people
48% Often see kind and considerate people
46% Sometimes see kind and considerate people
51% Say we've gotten better at being kind and considerate to the disabled
27% Say we've gotten better about littering
19% Say we've gotten better at being friendly and helpful toward neighbors
18% Say we've gotten better at treating the elderly with respect and courtesy
8% Say we've gotten better at driving with care and consideration
12% Say we've gotten worse at being kind and considerate to the disabled
40% Say we've gotten worse about littering
32% Say we've gotten worse at being friendly and helpful toward neighbors
43% Say we've gotten worse at treating the elderly with respect and courtesy
64% Say we've gotten worse at driving with care and consideration


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