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Corporal Punishment

Yet another poll on this popular poll subject. Few societies manage without punishments or sanctions. In modern times, in western nations, corporal punishment (CP) has largely fallen out of favour as a sanction. The alternatives to CP are often costly, time consuming and/or damaging. By contrast, moderate CP can be quick, cheap, and cathartic - if the delinquent and the community accept it as fair and reasonable under the circumstances prevailing. Below are a series of questions relating to the use of CP in situations where it is or might be an acceptable sanction.

CP best suits

52% (87) Boys, 12 and younger
65% (109) Boys, 13-15
59% (99) Boys, 16-18
35% (59) Boys, 19-21
26% (44) Men, 22-30
17% (29) Men, 31-
43% (73) Girls, 12 and younger
53% (89) Girls, 13-15
51% (86) Girls, 16-18
36% (61) Girls, 19-21
32% (55) Women, 22-30
9% (16) Other than the above. Specify

167 voters have answered this question.

The best target CP is

78% (130) The buttocks
1% (3) The palms of the hands
5% (9) The back of the thighs
1% (2) The calves
4% (7) The upper back
3% (5) Depends on the implement. Explain
6% (10) Other than the above. Specify

166 voters have answered this question.

The best implement for administering CP is

22% (37) Leather strap or belt
17% (29) Paddle or other rigid flat object
44% (74) Cane or switch
16% (27) Other than the above. Specify

167 voters have answered this question.

CP works best as

36% (61) a routine first-choice punishment for minor offences
12% (21) a routine, second-choice punishment when other methods have been tried.
18% (31) a punishment for offences of intermediate seriousness
12% (21) a punishment for serious or special offences
9% (16) an option that may be chosen by the delinquent in place of another punishment such as detention.
9% (16) Other than the above. Specify

166 voters have answered this question.

CP should usually be carried out

16% (27) in strict privacy
18% (30) in the presence of a witness
10% (17) in the presence of the delinquent's peers
15% (26) in public
39% (66) Depends on the circumstances

166 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2015-03-21 00:35:36 by Anon24
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