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50% Favor Law Fining Parents for Kids' Bullying

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Under a new law that went into effect this month, parents in a community in western New York could face fines and jail time if their child bullies other minors. Most adults nationwide agree bullying is a major problem and support such a law in their state.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of American Adults favor a law that would hold parents accountable for their children’s actions, fining them $250 and sentencing them to 15 days in jail if their child violates the city’s curfew and any other city law – including bullying – twice within a 90-day period. Thirty-four percent (34%) oppose such a law like the one passed in western New York, but 16% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on October 18-19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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