Civil discourse is vital to making sure our democracy thrives; effective governance requires thoughtful debate and problem-solving. Research shows that incivility in Congress is increasing and that it is correlated with a decline in legislative productivity. Citizen frustration with this breakdown in the democratic process is reflected in single digit approval ratings for Congress.
Civility in Congress (1935-2011) as reflected in the Taking Down Process
Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania