According to them, it is acceptable if she merely wears 'sexy clothes' in public.
The survey found 14 per cent reckon blokes are justified in lashing out if a partner is 'nagging or moaning'.
And 10 per cent believe it is ok for them to hit a lover who flirts with another man.
The figures has emerged in a Govt survey on domestic violence - which quizzed both men and women.
They figures have revealed that 50 percent of the public think a woman is at least partly at fault for being raped if she does not clearly say 'no'.
A third believe she is partly responsible if she is drunk and a quarter think she should take some of the blame if she wears sexy clothing.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was 'shocked' to see the findings, according to the officials.