Mini Poll: Fountains of Sodas?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a plan to ban large servings of soda and sugary drinks in an effort to help fight obesity in New York City. Bloomberg's proposal would prohibit the sale of soda and other sweetened drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces that are sold in places regulated by the city's health department like restaurants, movies theaters, sporting venues, and food trucks – but not in grocery stores. Do you support or oppose such a plan for St. Louis?


I support it:
 33%
I oppose it:
 67%

Non-Drinkers:

I support it:
 33%
I oppose it:
 67%

Drinkers:

I support it:
 32%
I oppose it:
 68%

 


Do you support or oppose a Bloomberg-like ban on large servings of soda and sugary drinks if it only applies to children purchasing them?


I support it:
 37%
I oppose it:
 63%

Non-Drinkers:

I support it:
 38%
I oppose it:
 62%

Drinkers:

I support it:
 33%
I oppose it:
 67%

 


Do you think a ban on the large sizes of sugary drinks would be effective in reducing St. Louis’s obesity rate?


Yes:
 26%
No:
 74%

Non-Drinkers:

Yes:
 26%
No:
 74%

Drinkers:

Yes:
 28%
No:
 72%

 


Do you think government should be getting involved in people’s eating and drinking habits to fight obesity?


Yes:
 30%
Yes, but not this way:
 30%
No:
 40%

Non-Drinkers:

Yes:
 30%
Yes, but not this way:
 30%
No:
 40%

Drinkers:

Yes:
 27%
Yes, but not this way:
 32%
No:
 42%

 


Which would you say that you drink more often, diet soft drinks or regular, non-diet soft drinks?


Diet drinks:
 59%
Non-diet drinks:
 41%

 


How many times a week do you buy non-diet sodas and sugary drinks in portions large enough to qualify for Bloomberg’s ban?


Never:
 83%
1-2 times:
 11%
3-5 times:
 3%
6 or more times (add “six is a serious number” rejoinder here):
 3%

 


If St. Louis did have a restriction on the size of sugary drinks, which of the following would you be most likely to do?


Switch to water or unsweetened drinks:
 8%
Switch to low-calorie and diet drinks:
 4%
Drink less sugary drinks:
 3%
Buy more of them to make up for the limited size:
 9%
I don’t buy sugared drinks that size:
 75%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.