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Few Consider Spanking Child Abuse

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week announced a new policy statement strongly against spanking children, citing studies that find it is both ineffective as a punishment and potentially harmful in the long term. But adults don’t agree, and very few would go as far as to consider it child abuse.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 18% of American Adults favor laws proposed in some states that would make it illegal for parents to spank their child. Fifty-eight percent (58%) oppose such laws, while another 24% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on November 12-13, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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