April 07, 2010 01:00 ET

Four In 10 (37%) Global Citizens Have Been To Children's Sports Even

United States (60%) Leads the 22 Countries Surveyed As Having Witnessed Abuse

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Sports Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - New York, NY- A new Reuters News poll conducted by Ipsos and released today indicates that four in ten (37%) adults surveyed in 22 countries (representing 75% of the worlds GDP) have been to children's sports events and witnessed parents become verbally or physically abusive towards the coaches or officials. Two thirds (63%) indicate they have not witnessed this kind of abusive behaviour.

The survey of over 23,000 adults-1000+ respondents per country -- shows that those residing in the United States (60%) are the most likely to have witnessed abusive behaviour by parents at children's sporting events followed by those in India (59%), Italy (55%), Argentina (54%), Canada (53%) and Australia (50%).

Those countries where adults have least likely observed this kind of abusive behaviour are in Hungary (16%), Czech Republic (24%), Mexico (25%), Japan (25%) and France (26%).

The following list of findings begin with the countries where citizens are most likely to agree that they have " been to children's sports events and witnessed parents become verbally or physically abusive towards the coaches or officials" and ascends to those countries where citizens are least likely to agree with the proposition:

United States - 60% agree/40% disagree

India - 59% agree/41% disagree

Italy - 55% agree/45% disagree

Argentina - 54% agree/46% disagree

Canada - 53% agree/47% disagree

Australia - 50% agree/50% disagree

Spain - 42% agree/58% disagree

Belgium - 39% agree/61% disagree

Great Britain - 37% agree/63% disagree

Sweden - 35% agree/65% disagree

Germany - 35% agree/65% disagree

South Korea - 34% agree/66% disagree

Poland - 32% agree/68% disagree

China - 31% agree/69% disagree

Brazil - 31% agree/69% disagree

Russia - 30% agree/70% disagree

Netherlands - 28% agree/72% disagree

France - 26% agree/74% disagree

Japan - 25% agree/75% disagree

Mexico - 25% agree/75% disagree

Czech Republic - 24% agree/76% disagree

Hungry - 16% agree/84% disagree

Those most likely to indicate they've been to children's sports events and witnessed parents become verbally or physically abusive towards the coaches or officials (37%) are more likely to be male (41%) versus female (33%), those in a higher income bracket (42%) compared to low and middle income (both at 36%) and those who are higher educated (39%) compared with those who are middle (37%) and lower (36%) educated. There is no difference in terms of marital status-38% of those who are married compared with 37% who are of "other" status.

Those least likely to indicate they've been to children's sports events and witnessed parents become verbally or physically abusive towards the coaches or officials (63%) are more likely to be female (67%) than male (59%), lower and middle income (64%) compared to higher income (58%). There is no appreciable difference in age under 35 (62%) compared with those over age of 35 (63%); marital status: married (62%) compared with those who are of "other" marital status (63%); and education: lower (64%) compared with medium (63%) and higher (61%) education.

These are the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between November 4th, 2009 and January 13th, 2010, on behalf of Thompson Reuters News Service. For this survey an international sample of 23,351 adults aged 18-64 were interviewed in a total of 22 countries representing 75% of the world's GDP. The countries included Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States. Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos online panel. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. A survey with an unweighted probability sample of this size and a 100% response rate would have an estimated margin of error of +/-3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20 per country of what the results would have been had the entire population of adults in that country had been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error. G@6O3_10.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

John Wright
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs
(416) 324-2002

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Contact Information

  • John Wright, Senior Vice President, Ipsos Reid Public Affairs
    Primary Phone: 416-324-2002
    E-mail: john.wright@ipsos.com