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.
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.