Punishing children by smacking wins widespread adult approval (UK)

The Telegraph 20 Sep 06
The majority of parents believes smacking is an acceptable way to discipline children, according to the latest research
Between 80 and 90 per cent of parents and adults without families were against a complete smacking ban. Similar proportions did not consider a light smack the same as “hitting” a child. Children’s charities do not differentiate between smacking and hitting, saying they amount to the same thing to a child.