SBD/February 23, 2011/Research and Ratings

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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