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  • Ninety-three percent (93%) of all adults think parents should be allowed to impose reasonable standards of behavior on children at home under 18 and should be allowed to punish them reasonably if they fail to abide by them. Parents and non-parents both strongly agree on this matter.

    Imposing Reasonable Standards
  • Eighty percent (80%) of all adults also think parents should be allowed to spank their children, though adults with children at home believe so more strongly than those without kids living with them. Middle-aged adults are also more inclined than adults under 40 or over 65 to support spanking.

    Spanking
  • Just 21% think teachers should be allowed to spank children in school, though. Twenty-five percent (25%) of adults over 40 think disciplinary spanking should be allowed in school, compared to just 13% under 40.

    Teachers and Spanking
  • Nearly half of all adults (47%) think parents are most responsible for a student’s behavior in the classroom. Parents are more inclined to say the student is responsible for his or her own behavior.

    Behavior responsibility
  • Just one-in-four likely voters think high school graduates have the skills needed for college or to enter the workforce. Voters under 40 - the most recent high school graduates - are more confident in high-schoolers’ preparedness than their elders are. Voters with children in school are more confident than those without that graduates have the skills needed for college.

    Skills Needed for College
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Friday, March 14, 2014

What America Thinks: Parental Control

The New Jersey teen who sued her parents for financial support after refusing to live by their rules has caused re-examination of some age-old standards. What do Americans think about the relationship between parents and their children under 18?

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