The mission of the Ohio Civility Project is to return civility to our public discourse in Akron, Ohio, and beyond. Applying civility standards to political discourse and disseminating the results will provide incentives for public officials, campaigns, the news media and public to adhere to the standards. In effect, such information serves as a referee in public debate, calling the fouls of incivility and noting the good plays of civil discourse. Read the complete mission statement here.

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Is this statement civil?

The Statement: (Obama on Mitt Romney Debate Performance)

“My opponent [Romney], he's doing a lot of -- a little tap dance at the debate the other night, trying to wiggle out of stuff he's been saying for a year… It was like ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ or maybe it was ‘Extreme Makeover, Debate Edition.’”

Does the statement contain offensive language, derogatory comments, or attacks the motives of another person?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.10

Does the statement misrepresent, belittle, or dismiss another person’s opinion?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.60

Does the statement interrupt discourse, disrupt deliberation, or escalate conflict in a dialogue with other people?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.00

OVERALL CIVILITY RATING: 3.23

What do you think?


Is this statement civil?

The Statement: (Romney on Obama Debate Performance)

"We had a little debate earlier this week and I enjoyed myself… You all had the chance to hear his answers - or his non-answers… Now of course, days later we are hearing his excuses, and next January we'll be watching him leave the White House for the last time."

Does the statement contain offensive language, derogatory comments, or attacks the motives of another person?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.70

Does the statement misrepresent, belittle, or dismiss another person’s opinion?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.90

Does the statement interrupt discourse, disrupt deliberation, or escalate conflict in a dialogue with other people?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.33

OVERALL CIVILITY RATING: 2.64

What do you think?


The Statement: Mitt Romney TV-Ad -- “$5 Trillion”

Is this statement civil?

Does the statement contain offensive language, derogatory comments, or attacks the motives of another person?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.30

Does the statement misrepresent, belittle, or dismiss another person’s opinion?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.70

Does the statement interrupt discourse, disrupt deliberation, or escalate conflict in a dialogue with other people?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 2.50

OVERALL CIVILITY RATING: 2.50

What do you think?


The Statement: Obama for America TV Ad -- "Dishonest"

Is this statement civil?

Does the statement contain offensive language, derogatory comments, or attacks the motives of another person?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.90

Does the statement misrepresent, belittle, or dismiss another person’s opinion?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.70

Does the statement interrupt discourse, disrupt deliberation, or escalate conflict in a dialogue with other people?

Scale: 0 [civil] to 5 [not civil]
RATING: 3.78

OVERALL CIVILITY RATING: 3.79

What do you think?

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