Soft drink ban: Size limit of soft drinks sold in New York City to fight obesity receives mixed votes, poll says

By on Mar 2, 2013 in Food, Health, Science, United States Comments

The upcoming soft drink ban in New York City to fight obesity had mixed votes, based on a recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. The banning of soft drink in containers larger than 16 ounces within restaurants, food chains, and others in NYC will start on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg soft drinks

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, showing
different sizes of soft drinks (May 2012)

Image Credit: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

According to a report at on Thursday, February 28, the university surveyed 1,017 New York City voters from February 20 to 25. Among the questions included is the implementation of the soft drink ban, the proposal of Mayor Michael Bloomberg which was approved by the city’s Board of Health.

As noted by Quinnipiac University, 51 percent of the voters do not agree with Mayor Bloomberg‘s proposal of controlling the size of soft drinks being sold, and 46 percent support the project. The vote among women and white people is close, with both categories having a 48-49 each in favor of the soft drink ban.

Meanwhile, 33 percent of Republican voters support the project while 65 percent are against it. Fifty-two percent of Democrats are in favor, while forty-six percent are not. Forty-four percent of men voters said they agree, while 54 percent of them said they disagree on New York City‘s soft drink ban.

Apparently, the slightly-higher vote results against the controversial soft drink ban being done by the university’s independent survey seemed to be consistent. A 46-51 percent vote not in favor also occurred during their survey released on June 23, 2012, followed by a 42-54 percent vote on August 12, 2012.

On the other hand, Mayor Bloomberg said in recent press conference that the same controlling of the size of soft drinks being sold should be implemented in the entire state of New York. However, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo noted that “it is not something we are considering at this time.”

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