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  • Poll: Majority Of Canadians Want Fighting Banned From The NHL

    A majority of Canadians (54%) believe that the NHL should ban fighting, according to results of a new Ipsos Reid poll. Canadians were asked what they think about violence in hockey and what should be done, if anything, to deal with it. Around 37% felt that fighting is an important part of hockey, while 79% felt that the NHL should increase penalties for infractions such as cross-checking and roughing. Data showed that younger Canadians are less likely to support the banning of fighting and stiffer penalties. Around 40% of Canadians aged 18-34 believe that the NHL should ban fighting, compared to 56% of those aged 35-54 and 65% of those aged 55+. Nearly half of 18-34 Canadians polled believe fighting is an important part of hockey. The poll was conducted online among 1,097 Canadian citizens from Feb. 15-17 (Ipsos Reid).

    RESPONSE
    18-34 YEAR OLDS
    35-54 YEAR OLDS
    55+ YEAR OLDS
    THE NHL SHOULD BAN FIGHTING
    Strongly agree
    14%
    31%
    39%
    Somewhat agree
    25%
    24%
    25%
    Somewhat disagree
    37%
    25%
    22%
    Strongly disagree
    23%
    19%
    14%
    THE NHL SHOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLENCE-RELATED PENALTIES SUCH AS CROSS-CHECKING AND ROUGHING
    Strongly agree
    29%
    50%
    62%
    Somewhat agree
    36%
    32%
    27%
    Somewhat disagree
    30%
    13%
    9%
    Strongly disagree
    5%
    5%
    3%
    VIOLENCE IS JUST A PART OF HOCKEY AND PENALTIES FOR
    PLAYING ROUGH AND TOUGH SHOULD NOT INCREASE
    Strongly agree
    11%
    8%
    6%
    Somewhat agree
    33%
    23%
    17%
    Somewhat disagree
    37%
    33%
    29%
    Strongly disagree
    19%
    35%
    47%
    FIGHTING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF HOCKEY
    Strongly agree
    13%
    11%
    6%
    Somewhat agree
    33%
    25%
    23%
    Somewhat disagree
    34%
    26%
    29%
    Strongly disagree
    19%
    38%
    43%
    THE NHL SHOULD ALLOW LINESMEN TO CALL PENALTIES
    AFTER THE PLAY HAS STOPPED
    Strongly agree
    20%
    33%
    45%
    Somewhat agree
    55%
    49%
    43%
    Somewhat disagree
    21%
    14%
    11%
    Strongly disagree
    4%
    5%
    2%

     

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