YouGov poll suggests 61% of Brits feel games cause real world violence

Monday, 23rd September 2013 16:28 GMT By Dave Cook

A new poll conducted by UK institution YouGov has suggested that 61% of UK residents feel there is a link between playing videogames and acts of real world aggression or violence.

MCV reports that the poll asked participants to either agree or disagree with the statement, “Video games can be a cause of real-world violence and aggression.” 61% agreed, while 39% disagreed. However, it is unclear how many people were polled.

Conversely, 57% of those consulted stated that games could actually be a useful aide in helping people release pent up frustration or aggression, while 43% disagreed.

Across the poll, the older candidates got, the more they felt there was a link between gaming and violence. There was a gender divide too, with 48% of males and 71% of females believing that such a connection exists.

Recently, GTA 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts have come under fire in the tabloid press, suggesting there are still concerns over the link between gaming and violence.

Here is the poll in full. What do you think?



  1. GrimRita

    I see the Gov making way for ‘Violence tax’ probably. More bollocks really and probably polled in a Nursing Home

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Yoshi

    It’s funny, the older the people the more they agree with games causing real world violence but yet they still purchase an 18rated game for little Timmy.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Luciferous

    Being a Briton and having no idea this poll even took place instantly invalidates its results, at least from a personal perspective.

    How many gamers or people who having a passing knowledge/ interest of gaming took part in this poll?

    Of cause the fearful and misinformed are going to see a medium portraying violence and believe it will have an impact on people in real life.

    The reality is this – For video game violence to have negative effect upon a persons mental state and cause real world violence the potential for violence has to already exist within that person.

    For example – I have a weakness for certain chocolates, seeing an advert for that chocolate will trigger in me and desire to consume the tasty treat. But, I already have that need in my psyché that could have been triggered a number of ways, just because this time it was triggered by television, does not mean that TV is the cause of my chocolate addiction.

    TL;DR? Not enough real british gamers took part in this, I call bullshit.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. viralshag

    I’d be curious to know how many of these people play video games as the question seems to be missing from the poll. Is this based on their experience from gaming or simply their perception of gaming?

    At the end of the day many things cause violence in the world be it drugs, bad upbringing, movies, comics, books, propaganda or mental instability. Trying to pin it on one thing seems like a completely wasted effort.

    There will always be a cross-over in some interests regarding entertainment but surely you look at the rule and not the exception when trying to find the cause? GTA has sold by the truckload, does that mean everyone that bought the game is prone to violence or will be driven to it because of the game?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. loci

    Violent games are more popular than ever…yet:

    ‘UK Peace Index highlights rate of fall in violent crime’

    “Rates of murder and violent crime have fallen more rapidly in the UK in the past decade than many other countries in Western Europe, researchers say.”

    #5 1 year ago
  6. ArithonUK

    As a parent and gamer, I wonder where and how this poll was carried out.

    The results are heavily skewed in favour of tabloid rabble-raising. Anyone who has read a scientific study would no there is no correlation found in all tests to date. Repeat attempts by the media, and other interested parties who want a scapegoat, to link the two have failed to bear fruit in all but the minds of the gullible.
    Being a victim of repeated violence during childhood or mental health issues are frequently glossed over in favour of the “Sim City made me do it!” excuse.
    Front page spreads of the Mirror claiming “Killer player COD 18 hours a day!” are such bull. Assuming he sat over a bucket and rarely slept more than three hours a day, how would his neighbour know that? And wouldn’t sleep deprivation have a bearing on his mental state? And isn’t that just hearsay? He may not even have owned COD. He could have been playing “Buzz!” for all their “reliable source” knows.
    On the front of the same rag was the headline “I’d rather wear a veil than nipple tassels!” implying that Muslim women have ONLY two choices, the veil or a stripper’s outfit.

    Basically this kind of guff is pandering to the ignorant and bigoted. Why have an informed opinion, when you can just read one and rage over it?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. wjordan

    This is the original story:

    The link at at the bottom of the page shows 1978 British adults were surveyed.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. orren

    “the poll asked participants to either agree or disagree with the statement, “Video games can be a cause of real-world violence and aggression.””

    They didn’t allow for any explanation. Just YES or NO. That’s a loaded question if i ever saw one. Because, what can NOT, potentially, be a cause of real-world violence?

    Driving a car. Walking on a sidewalk. Saying something. *Not* saying something. Loud music. Etc. etc. Can you, with clean conscience, say that any of the above *absolutely cannot*, under any circumstances, cause real-world violence?


    #8 1 year ago
  9. sebastien rivas

    Meh rhoo if this market research is led in a geriatry institution then yes 61% will say the same… games are bad, its the end of the world…, save your lives….

    1) It is unconceivable to think half of Brits population are morons or lack thereof a half decent brain.
    2) Then why video games are a bastion of demand and profit in UK in first place?

    P.S: Nice and colorful graphs, can you put multicolor and shiny glitz on those for my daughter?

    #9 1 year ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    inb4 video games where there was no violence…

    #10 1 year ago
  11. DSB

    @10 You just know that someone must have blamed chess whenever someone killed a king or a queen once.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. sebastien rivas

    @8 +1

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Francis O

    61% of Brits also buy Aliens Colonial Marines….in other words, they don’t know what they are talking about.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Panthro

    @13 Fuck you for generalizing, what a cunt.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    +2 (He knows what that means :) Its his speciality, i ignore it as much as possible now.

    On the generalising part, not the cunt part.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Lengendaryboss

    61% of British people don’t what they are talking about (opinion) but two people claiming something is going to happen its an undeniable fact for MGS 5 Wii U presence LOL :D

    #16 1 year ago
  17. game_on

    A poll about feelings and it’s unclear how many people were polled. Fuck this, these are not facts. This poll means absolutely nothing.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Francis O

    @16 Hit a nerve there Legendarydumbass?

    You said you ignore my post then put up a reply to it. Just face it, you’re a faceless loser that gets off to every post I make. You don’t even follow your own advice. LOL.

    @14 So much rage, chill out, if you read my post carefully, I’m only bashing the 61% of people who thought video game violence causes real violence.

    Reading comprehension is quite low on this site though.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. deathm00n

    What did this research really discovered? That 60+ year old women without any interaction with games thinks it’s evil. This only means that if you ask someone ignorant about what you are asking their response will be probably pessimist. I think we discovered this for some time now.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. BrahManDude

    the non gamers don’t even play so how are there opinions relevant they assume alot of stuff

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    Can you prove it? No? Speaking out of your ass? Hell to the yes. Unless two people tip you off about that i see it as speaking right from your ass.

    I said i would ignore it as much as possible, i didn’t say i would completely ignore it: brush up on reading skills before saying “i don’t follow my own advice.” LOL and your speaking about reading comprehension: the irony :D

    Personal remarks: I don’t care and whats worse i can’t find anyone who does. “Gets off”? Now i’m not sure which one out of two people told you that and what fantasy world do you live in? Hit a nerve? Joke post didn’t hit a nerve.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Beta

    Why survey non-gamers? Their opinions will likely be influenced by hearsay and tabloid journalism.

    I don’t even see how this is a question.. Gaming does not incite violence in sane, rational people.

    And if you do mimic a violent game after playing it, then that’s not the game’s fault. It’s your crazy ass brain’s fault.

    I understand the interactivity aspect, but why don’t violent films get the same flack? Gaming is a scapegoat.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Fin

    Maybe it does.

    Should see some proper academic research on it.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Hcw87

    So what if it does? What doesn’t cause real world violence? Hell, watching the damn news causes violence for some people.

    Some people will cause violence if they can’t find the right type of coffee in a store.

    Reason: Some people are mentally retarded.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Francis O


    Like I said, I thought you ignore my posts? Yet your still responding loser.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Lengendaryboss

    Not sure if serious or stupid?

    I would ignore your posts doesn’t equal i would ignore it as much as possible, the latter of which i actually said and the former is what you think i’m saying. “Like i said”? WTF Francis i’m not living in your fairy tale world: I said “i would ignore you as much as possible”

    I could define it for you but that reading comprehension is not doing anyone favours.

    Rely On = Sales
    Games = System sellers
    Ignore as much as possible = completely ignore
    Until we all live in Francis world (God forbid) stick to real life definitions.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Francis O


    WTF are you muttering idiot?

    Stop comment stocking me unless you want to speak with me in real life. Cause it seems like you always want to argue but run like a little bitch when I ask for a debate.

    Do yourself a favor and grab a knife, then slit your wrists loser.

    You responding to me doesn’t make yourself significant. You’re still a faceless loser still scared to talk in real life.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TMRNetShark

    This is real science people. Let’s poll people who don’t have a clue about physiological science and the results can be posted has hard evidence.

    These are probably the same people who can’t even name all the Prime ministers since 1920.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Lengendaryboss

    Don’t care and i can’t find anyone else who cares.

    And you always seem to run away when proven wrong (Gamefreak owned by Nintendo?) or when i asked for proof twice? I’ll do again prove all of that or don’t bother commenting further.

    Comment stocking = WTF does this mean in Francis fairy world?

    You can’t hurt me with cheap remarks and petty threats.

    #29 1 year ago

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