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US public likes it when politicians talk nicely: study

In 2002, public approval of Congress reached 84 percent, but in 2013, public approval reached an all-time low of 10 percent, according to background informationWhen politicians talk in a friendly way that focuses on helping others, US public approval ratings rise, according to a study out Monday. “The individual words whose use most strongly predicted public approval were as follows: gentle, involve, educate, contribute, concerned, give, tolerate, trust and cooperate,” said the study by Canadian and German researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a peer-reviewed US journal. Researchers used software to analyze 123,927,807 words spoken in the US House of Representatives between 1996 and 2014. Then, the researchers compared levels of prosocial language within each month of Congress with its approval ratings by the American public.

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