Poll split on hockey violence in wake of Chris Simon episode

But the same Angus Reid poll has almost the same number (51 per cent) believing Simon’s 25-game NHL suspension was fair punishment. Thirty-seven per cent said the record ban was too lenient and 10 per cent weren’t sure. Answering another question, fifty-two per cent of respondents said police should file aggravated assault charges against Simon.

The stick-swinging incident took place March 8.

Sixty-eight per cent of those polled said they believe violence in sports requires the intervention of the justice system in some instances.

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Almost half (48 per cent) said they felt hockey is getting more violent while 39 per cent disagreed.

Angus Reid Strategies conducted the online survey from Tuesday through Thursday among a randomly selected, representative sample of 1,138 adult Canadians.

The margin of error for the total sample is plus or minus 2.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.