A new survey by YouGov reveals that 37% of parents think spanking is an effective form of punishment. 45% say it is ineffective while 18% are not sure. Other findings:
Men (45%) are considerably more likely than women (29%) to say that spanking is an effective way to punish a child. About half (51%) of women say that it is ineffective, compared to 39% of men who hold the same belief. Another 20% of women and 16% of men say they’re not sure whether or not it’s effective.
There are also some differences of opinion between people in different age groups. Americans 45-54 years old are the most likely (43%) to say spanking is effective. Another 41% of people who are 55 or older also agreed, while only 26% of people who are 18-24 did. The group most likely to say it’s ineffective was 25-34-year-olds, 50% of whom chose this answer.
People in the south – which includes Georgia, the state of the charter school in question – are considerably more likely (44%) than other regions to say that spanking is effective. Only 37% of the midwest, 34% of the west, and 26% of the northeast agreed.
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