The annual Academy Awards are an event where the most deserving receive prestigious awards and recognitions for their performances throughout the year. Likewise, the Oscars 2022 went on as planned until Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage in a shocking reaction against the latter. The incident stirred opinions among the public.

Thus, Real Research launched a survey on Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022. The survey aims to find out what the public thinks about the incident, and if it changed the course of the Oscars 2022. Here are the results.


  • 63.10% feel Will Smith was right to smack Chris Rock across the face
  • 43.01% would have reacted just like Will Smith
  • 73.85% say that the incident changed the course of the Oscars 2022

The Majority Watched the Oscars 2022

The survey starts by asking respondents whether they watched the Oscars 2022. In response, a majority of 78.88% watched, while 21.12% did not watch the Oscars 2022.

Figure 1: Respondents who watched the Oscars 2022

Furthermore, the survey asks if respondents enjoyed watching the Oscars 2022. In reply, 77.93% enjoyed the Oscars, while 22.07% did not.

Next, the survey asks if respondents were aware of the Will Smith – Chris Rock slapping incident. On this, 82.40% are aware, while 17.60% are not.

Most Feel That Smith Was Right To Hit Chris Rock

To add, the survey asks if respondents feel Will Smith was right to hit Chris Rock. In response, 63.10% felt Smith was right. Meanwhile, 14.13% feel ‘it was not right to hit’. A further 10.24% felt he could have just reacted verbally.

Figure 2: Respondents if Will Smith was right to hit Chris Rock

Additionally, the survey also asks if it was appropriate to joke about someone’s medical condition or physical appearance caused by the condition. Here, 59.03% say ‘yes’ while 27.05% say ‘no’.

Next, the survey asks what respondents would have done in Smith’s place. A majority of 43.01% say they would have reacted the same way. Meanwhile, 17.03% would have reacted verbally only. Moreover, 9.94% would have reacted worse and 7.15% would react after the show. Finally, 5.77% would not react at all.

The Majority Feel the Incident Changed the Course of the Oscars

The survey then asks respondents whether they think the incident changed the course of the Oscars 2022. To this, a majority of 73.85% say ‘yes’ whereas 26.15% say ‘no.’

Figure 3: Respondents on the incident changing the course of the Oscars

Next, the survey asks respondents if they feel Will Smith’s reaction was appropriate. The majority (64.96%) say ‘not at all, violence should not be condoned’. Whereas, 35.04% say ‘comedians always go a little far and should be put in their place’.

Finally, the survey asks whether it was fair for Will Smith to keep the award after his violent behavior. To this, 80.23% say ‘absolutely, his actions have nothing to do with his acting skills’. Lastly, 19.77% say ‘absolutely not, actors should also face the consequences of their actions’.


Survey TitleSurvey on Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock at Oscars 2022
DurationMarch 30 – April 06, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.