**I realized I should have had one other option, namely "I feel comfortable with my current position on spanking but could be persuaded by reasonable studies". I've got a request in to fix it. Anyone who wants to answer that might want to wait until the mods can insert it.**
I ran across a link to this study on another site and thought it might be of interest since childhood is near and dear to many of our hearts: https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0425143106.htm
In addition, I wondered if there is anything that can reasonably be expected to shift an entrenched position on this topic? My brother and sister were spanked but I came along significantly later and my parents talked it out beforehand and decided against that route with me. As such, my gut check tells me that spanking is unnecessary. I expect this is pretty similar the feeling that friends and aquaintances I have talked to who are in favor of it have. Despite this, I think that I could be persuaded by well-grounded studies that spanking was the better approach overall (although I'm not sure my heart would ever really be in it).
I fully expect this thread will get bogged down in right vs. wrong, who is a monster, etc., but we might have some decent exchange before that. I also hope that the anonymous nature of the poll might be illuminating overall.