Read the poll again. Take the initiative to illicit a response.
I believe that almost 100% of the people that answered no this this poll thought it meant striking the attacker.
If you're in a confrontation, and you just let the bad guy/girl/dog, (he is a bad guy/girl/dog), control the situation, then I'm sorry, but you have some serious doubt about your own place in this universe. Assert yourself as a human being and as a part of the greater scheme of things.
[I will not expouse how to illicit a response from your attacker, this you need to learn on your own, and others in this post have already done some explaining.]