How Civil Is Your Part of the World?

Democrats and Republicans brawling cartoon

This survey is designed in order to maximize interest and minimize the time it might take us to create a Buzzfeed-type quiz where an anonymous algorithm assigns to you a random and completely arbitrary ranking or identity. None of that means anything. Instead we’re requesting that you read and reply by copying and pasting the questions into the comment back along with your T/F response. Please let us know where you’re living (without getting into specifics like addresses or PO box numbers). Finally, please accept our sincere thanks for actually responding.

If you’d like some reference material related to civil behavior, you might like to check out  this list written by George Washington.

Where you live, true or false:

  1. The police are not viewed as enemies.
  2. The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy.
  3. It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion.
  4. Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym.
  5. Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence.
  6. Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence.
  7. People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion.
  8. People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences.
  9. People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature.
  10. Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs.
  11. Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds.
  12. Local community meetings are open and well attended.
  13. The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition.

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12 Responses to How Civil Is Your Part of the World?

  1. Denese says:

    This is just one of those things where the response depends on the responder — not only demographically and geographically, but even more so, mood and world view.

  2. Pocho says:

    Dear sister,

    I tried to respond to your survey but there is a flaw in the methodology. The phenomena you are trying to measure are seldom characterized by the behaviour of a switch (on/off or T/F). They are often better described by using the analogy of a dimmer, giving you wider range of options.

    Hoow would the survey look if most questions started with something like “in a scale from 1 to 5 (1 being the closest to True) how would you describe where you live with respect to…and then add all the items.

    Hope it helps. If you want I can give the answers for my corner of the world.

    • Nikki says:

      fesr brother: the survey might be more specific as you describe but fewer people would respond. Also, note this is classified under ” humor”

  3. B1 says:

    OK. We live in a village that has the world’s largest freshwater fishery. Here are your answers:

    The police are not viewed as enemies. (mostly true)
    The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy. (mostly true)
    It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion. (true)
    Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym. (mostly true)
    Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence. (true)
    Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence. (definitely true)
    People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion. (true)
    People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences. (mostly true)
    People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature. (definitely true)
    Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs. (definitely true)
    Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds. (true, insofar as I know)
    Local community meetings are open and well attended. (true)
    The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition. (alas … not true)

  4. Donn B. Murphy says:

    SUPER-CIVILIZED-LOTSA-RETIREES-FORT LAUDERDALE

    TRUE The police are not viewed as enemies.
    TRUE The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy.
    TRUE It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion.(BUT THEN WE HAVE LOTS OF TIME ON OUR HANDS…..)
    TRUE Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym.
    TRUE Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence.
    TRUE Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence.
    TRUE People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion.
    TRUE People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences.
    TRUE People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature.
    TRUE Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs.
    DON’T KNOW Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds.
    OH, YES! Local community meetings are open and well attended.
    FALSE The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition.

  5. AJ Calhoun says:

    I live in Laurel, MD, a few miles outside of Washington DC and a few more miles South of Baltimore.

    The police are not viewed as enemies. F (for Laurel Police and Baltimore Police; Not true for DC Metro Police)
    The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy. F (Same qualifiers as above)
    It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion. T
    Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym. T
    Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence. T
    Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence. T
    People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion. T
    People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences. T
    People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature. T
    Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs. T
    Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds. T
    Local community meetings are open and well attended. T
    The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition. F

    • AJ Calhoun says:

      PS — You may be the only person other than me who owns a copy of GW’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, which I picked up in 1959.

      • Nikki says:

        AJ: To guard against becoming a crabby angry old lady (assuming I’m not too far along on that path), I try to study, read up on and practice civility. People continue to disappoint, however. On occasion I even question whether evolution has worked.

  6. Susan Mitchell says:

    I live in the Fondren neighborhood in Jackson Mississippi.

    The police are not viewed as enemies. T
    The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy. T
    It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion. T
    Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym. T (except for dog poop; a lot of people are guilty of that one)
    Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence. (not sure as I don’t drive a lot)
    Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence. T
    People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion. T
    People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences. T
    People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature. T
    Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs. F
    Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds. F
    Local community meetings are open and well attended. T
    The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition. F

  7. Barby says:

    Toronto, Canada.
    I don’t think all of these statements are totally black & white True or False, but I’ll answer what I lean towards.
    The police are not viewed as enemies. – T
    The police don’t view civilians (even some civilians) as the enemy. – T
    It is possible to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely fashion.-T
    Your neighbors pick up after themselves, whether it be garbage, papers, dog poop, or towels at the gym.-T
    Road rage is a relatively rare occurrence.-T
    Hearing “please” and “thank you” is a relatively common occurrence.-T
    People return phone calls, emails or text messages in a timely fashion.-F
    People are tolerant of their fellow citizens’ differences.-T
    People are more accepting of uncontrollable forces of nature.-T
    Drivers yield to pedestrians, pedestrians mind the bicycles, bicyclists mind pedestrians, and everyone watches out for kids and dogs.-F
    Parents, teachers and school administrators aren’t at odds.-F
    Local community meetings are open and well attended.-F
    The locals have elected to their country’s governing body someone whose idea of good governance is to oppose, subvert, embarrass, harass and harangue the opposition-F

  8. Ellen Saxon says:

    I would say most of these are followed – but not all – and the “most” are just that – certainly not “all.” So – overall – I live in a fairly civil place (Lawrenceville) but as I move about the county of Mercer, malls, post offices, roads and all, I find there is definitely a diminution of manners and politeness. My neighbors leave their trash cans out in plain sight throughout the week, people complain about the weather and about power shortages I think unnecessarily.

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