Bay State voters would support legislation making childhood bullying a crime, according to a Suffolk University/7News poll.

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering a bill aimed at preventing bullying in schools. Those polled took an even stronger stand, with 61 percent saying they would support legislation making bullying a crime.

Moreover, 48 percent said they believe the parents of bullying students should be punished.

Fifty-two percent said their child had never been bullied in school, while 31 percent had a child who had been victimized by a school bully.

The survey was conducted by the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.


The statewide survey of 500 Massachusetts registered voters was conducted Feb. 21-24, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence. Marginals and full cross-tabulation data totaling 450 pages are available on the Suffolk University Political Research Center Web site. For more information, contact David Paleologos at 781-290-9310,