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One third of Brits think Will Smith was in the right

Men, over-55s, manual workers, Brexiteers, Conservative and SNP voters side with Will Smith more than other groups…

Find Out Now founder Chris Holbrook:

“Everyone agrees that violence must not be condoned. But it seems that quite a lot of people in Britain have sympathy with Will Smith on this occasion.”

Following an incident at the Oscars last Sunday, where Will Smith walked on stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock, we asked a nationally representative sample of 2,042 GB adults whether he was right to do so, and if it is ever right to slap another person.

Respondents were also asked if they had ever slapped anyone, and who they would slap if they could.

Q1. Was Will Smith right to slap Chris Rock at the Oscars after he made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia?

Yes 34%
No 46%
I don’t know 20%

Just over one third of respondents thought Will Smith’s actions were justified.

Males, those over 55, manual workers, Brexiteers, Conservative and SNP voters side with Will Smith more than other groups:

Male 38%
Aged 55-64, 65+ 38%, 43%
Social Economic Group: C2, DE 44%, 37%
Leave voters 40%
Conservative, SNP voters 38%, 42%

Full nationally representative report here

Q2. Is it ever right to slap someone?

Yes 40%
No 44%
I don’t know 17%

Nearly half of men told us they think it is sometimes right to slap another person, compared to only a third of women. In contrast to the responses to Q1, over-55s were no more in favour of slapping than other age groups, 18-24s being the most in favour:

Male 47%
Aged 18-24 44%
Manual workers (SEG C2) 45%
Yorkshire & Humber residents 47%

Full nationally representative report here

Q3. Have you, as an adult, every slapped someone?

Yes 22%
No 71%
I can’t remember 7%

Most people have never slapped someone else, but some demographic groups have more than others, including men, over 45s, less affluent socio-economic groups, East Anglians, Brexit and fringe party voters:

Male 24%
Female 19%
45-64s, Over 65s 26%, 27%
Socio-economic groups C2DE 26%
Leave voters 28%
“Other” voters 34%

Full nationally representative report here

Q4. If you could slap someone right now, who would it be?

We also asked a broadly nationally representative sample of 1,021, who they would slap if they could. Notable results were:

Vladimir Putin 211
Boris Johnson 107
Myself 34
An ex-partner 22
Current partner 20
Will Smith 12
Chris Rock 9
Rishi Sunak 9
Current boss 7
Keir Starmer 4

About the survey: Find Out Now polled 4,658 GB adults online between 28-29th March 2022. Results are based on a nationally representative sub-sample of 2,042 within ±1% of ONS quotas for age, gender, socio-economic group, past voting, and region.

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