What is political incivility?

Robin S Stryker, Bethany Anne Conway, J. Taylor Danielson

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Abstract

Using 23 novel indicators and a 1,000+ sample representative of a full undergraduate population we examined: how much consensus there was about perceptions of the incivility/civility of various categories of speech/behavior; and whether political incivility is a unidimensional or multidimensional latent construct. Confirmatory factor analyses suggest perceived political incivility is a multidimensional construct. Insulting utterances, deception, and behaviors tending to shut down inclusive ongoing discussion can be treated as distinct, underlying aspects of incivility. More than 75% of respondents viewed all 23 indicators, except issue-oriented attacks, as very, mostly, or somewhat uncivil. If replicated on a representative national sample, standardized indicators of political incivility should be constructed and routinely employed in national surveys of political attitudes and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-556
Number of pages22
JournalCommunication Monographs
Volume83
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Keywords

  • deliberation
  • discourse
  • Incivility
  • measurement
  • politics

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What is political incivility? / Stryker, Robin S; Conway, Bethany Anne; Danielson, J. Taylor.

In: Communication Monographs, Vol. 83, No. 4, 01.10.2016, p. 535-556.

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Stryker, Robin S ; Conway, Bethany Anne ; Danielson, J. Taylor. / What is political incivility?. In: Communication Monographs. 2016 ; Vol. 83, No. 4. pp. 535-556.
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