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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).
RESPONSE18-34 YEAR OLDS35-54 YEAR OLDS55+ YEAR OLDSTHE NHL SHOULD BAN FIGHTING Strongly agree14%31%39% Somewhat agree25%24%25% Somewhat disagree37%25%22% Strongly disagree23%19%14%THE NHL SHOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR VIOLENCE-RELATED PENALTIES SUCH AS CROSS-CHECKING AND ROUGHING Strongly agree29%50%62% Somewhat agree36%32%27% Somewhat disagree30%13%9% Strongly disagree5%5%3%VIOLENCE IS JUST A PART OF HOCKEY AND PENALTIES FOR
PLAYING ROUGH AND TOUGH SHOULD NOT INCREASE
Strongly agree11%8%6% Somewhat agree33%23%17% Somewhat disagree37%33%29% Strongly disagree19%35%47%FIGHTING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF HOCKEY Strongly agree13%11%6% Somewhat agree33%25%23% Somewhat disagree34%26%29% Strongly disagree19%38%43%THE NHL SHOULD ALLOW LINESMEN TO CALL PENALTIES
AFTER THE PLAY HAS STOPPED
Strongly agree20%33%45% Somewhat agree55%49%43% Somewhat disagree21%14%11% Strongly disagree4%5%2%