Poll: Most Approve of Spanking Kids17
Spanking has its place, most Americans say — but not in school.
The public by a 2-1 margin approves of spanking children in principle, and half of parents say they sometimes do it to their own kids, an ABCNEWS poll found. But an overwhelming majority disapproves of corporal punishment in schools.
Sixty-five percent of Americans approve of spanking children, a rate that has been steady since 1990. But just 26 percent say grade-school teachers should be allowed to spank kids at school; 72 percent say it shouldn’t be permitted, including eight in 10 parents of grade-schoolers.
Indeed, even among adults who spank their own child, 67 percent say grade-school teachers should not be permitted to spank children at school.
Among parents with minor children at home, 50 percent report that they sometimes spank their child, while 45 percent do not. That’s about the same as it was in a Gallup poll a decade ago.
There are big regional differences in spanking. Among Southerners, 62 percent of parents spank their kids; that drops to 41 percent in the rest of the country. Similarly, 73 percent of Southerners approve of spanking children, compared to 60 percent elsewhere.
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