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Gallup poll: Americans don’t want ban on large sodas and sugary drinks

Soda CupsAmericans like their soda, sweetened coffee and sugary drinks — and want the freedom to choose how much of those beverages they consume.

Gallup poll released Wednesday confirmed that 69 percent of Americans would vote against a law that limits the size of these drinks served in restaurants.

“Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a law that would limit the size of soft drinks and other sugary beverages served in restaurants to no more than 16 ounces?” the poll asked Americans.

Sound familiar?

Though New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas and sugary beverages was ruled unconstitutional in March, the bill isn’t dead yet. Bloomberg is still pushing for the ban as the bill makes its way through an appellate court. Critics of ‘Nanny’ Bloomberg’s attempted ban say it goes too far in restricting individual choices. If the bill does pass, other cities and states may begin to introduce similar legislation.

Poll results indicate how Americans around the country would feel about the proposed law in New York, with only 30 percent of those polled saying they’d vote for it.

The majority of Americans across all subgroups polled oppose a law that would  limit the size of sugar-sweetened beverages served in restaurants, but Gallup found that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to support the size limit, 37 percent to 21 percent. Additionally, Americans who make less than $24,000 per year are slightly more likely to support a ban than those with higher-income levels, and nonwhites are more likely to support the law than whites.

Bloomberg and other supporters of the proposal in New York argue that it will make people healthier and reduce obesity rates. The lower-court judge ruled that the ban would unfairly apply to some retailers but not others. But Bloomberg is running out of time to get his ban passed, as the Mayor’s term ends on Dec. 31 of this year.

Data from the June 15-16 Gallup poll was collected from telephone interviews with 1,015 U.S. adults.

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