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Majority backs right to smack

Most people want to keep the right to smack children, according to a Populus poll. The poll of 1,045 adults showed that 59 per cent would oppose any law making it illegal for parents to smack their children, while 35 per cent would support it. Only in the 18 to 24-year-old age group did a majority (59 per cent) back a change inthe law. The government saidlast year that it would ban childminders from smacking children in their care.

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