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I Was Spanked Poll

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Since I can remember, there has been a hugh debate on how spanking children effects children. This poll is to help find out if spanking really leads to violence, as so many people say. If you were spanked as a child, please fill out the following poll. If you weren't spanked, please fill out the I Was Never Spanked Poll, and feel free to check out the results of this one. Thanks.

NOTE: For this poll spanking will be defined as striking the bottom as a form of punishment or discipline. It does not include hitting any other part of the body or hitting which is not intended as a form of discipline or punishment.

Do you realize that this poll is only for people who were spanked as a child, and that there is another poll for those who weren't?

92% (5745) Yes.
7% (472) I do now.

6217 voters have answered this question.

What is your gender?

50% (3136) Male
49% (3076) Female

6212 voters have answered this question.

What is your age?

1% (101) 1-9
14% (881) 10-14
23% (1497) 15-19
21% (1365) 20-29
12% (800) 30-39
10% (672) 40-49
8% (528) 50-59
5% (327) 60-69
1% (91) 70 or older

6262 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe you're parents were right in spanking you?

79% (4933) Yes
8% (527) No
12% (783) I'm not sure

6243 voters have answered this question.

What other types of discipline or punishment did your parents or guardians use?

37% (2251) Time-outs
58% (3551) Grounding
57% (3457) Taking away privledges
31% (1886) Extra chores
48% (2915) Lecture
38% (2347) Yelling
19% (1169) Beating

6034 voters have answered this question.

Do you consider yourself a violent person? (Or, would others consider you a violent person?)

2% (159) Yes
8% (498) Somewhat
89% (5529) No

6186 voters have answered this question.

Have you ever committed a violent crime?

2% (176) Yes
97% (5995) No

6171 voters have answered this question.

How many times, on average, do you get in physical fights with others (i.e. fights which come to blows, not just verbal attacks.)

2% (185) Once a week or more
2% (155) At least once a month
2% (172) Every few months
3% (199) Once or twice a year
4% (249) Less than once a year
26% (1654) Almost never
57% (3570) Never

6184 voters have answered this question.

Even if you would not consider yourself a violent person, would you consider yourself an angry person?

8% (511) Yes
72% (4384) No
19% (1168) Sort of

6063 voters have answered this question.

As a child, do you think spanking made you feel that it was all right to hit others?

6% (400) Yes
84% (5135) No
8% (543) Somewhat

6078 voters have answered this question.

When your parents spanked you, did it make you feel like they didn't love you?

12% (794) Yes
65% (4020) No
21% (1325) Sometimes

6139 voters have answered this question.

Do you think spanking was better or worse than most of the other punishments/dicipline methods your parents or guardians used?

42% (2612) Spanking was better
18% (1143) Spanking was worse
28% (1741) Better and worse in some ways
10% (639) About the same

6135 voters have answered this question.

How often were you spanked in elementary school?

14% (911) Almost every day
9% (613) Never
20% (1244) Once a week or more
22% (1370) A few times a month
12% (749) About once a month
20% (1268) Less than once a month

6155 voters have answered this question.

How often were you spanked in Junior High or Middle School?

13% (811) Almost every day
22% (1373) Never
15% (968) Once a week or more
16% (1025) A few times a month
11% (731) About once a month
19% (1221) Less than once a month

6129 voters have answered this question.

How often were you spanked in High School?

11% (705) Almost every day
10% (632) Once a week or more
11% (668) A few times a month
9% (603) About once a month
19% (1202) Less than once a month
37% (2253) Never

6063 voters have answered this question.

Would you use spanking as a form of discipline with your own children?

63% (3877) Yes
15% (948) No
21% (1328) Possibly

6153 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 1999-04-25 18:55:42 by MPC1948703760
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