Most Americans Oppose Bloomberg-Style Soda Laws

Most Americans would prefer that the government keep its hands off their sodas:

Looks like Americans want to hang on to their Big Gulps.

A new survey finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans reject laws that would limit the sale of sugary soft drinks to 16 oz.

The Gallup poll found that 69 percent of adults are against such laws, while 30 percent are in favor of them. A majority of those polled were against such laws across party, income level and race.

Once again, it appears that Americans are far more sensible than the people that the elect as their representatives.

FILED UNDER: Public Opinion Polls, Quick Takes, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Once again, it appears that Americans are far more sensible than the people that the elect as their representatives.

    No it doesn’t Doug. The sensible response is to say, “Can we talk about something that is actually important?”

  2. Andrei Vfeked says:

    69 percent != “nearly three-quarters”

  3. Moosebreath says:

    “Once again, it appears that Americans are far more sensible than the people that the elect as their representatives.”

    Doug is apparently a believer that “sensible” = “whatever I believe to be best”.

  4. JKB says:

    Well, the only idiots who got to vote for Bloomberg live in New York City. So it could simply be a case of cattle living in that city and free people living elsewhere.

    And Mayor Gun Control hasn’t got a chance in hell in a national election.

    Besides, he has his own spying scandal, only he betrayed paying customers.

    And what is to happen with MAIG once Bloomberg is out of office since it’ web presence is being run by NYC employees on NYC servers on NYC’s network.

  5. Tony W says:

    Bloomberg committed the ultimate betrayal – rich dude who is a liberal. The name will forever be despised like the Kennedys before him.

  6. Moosebreath says:

    @Tony W:

    “The name will forever be despised like the Kennedys before him.”

    And the Roosevelts before them.

  7. andrew e. says:

    I’m one of those against the ban but, my god, all the wailing and gnashing of teeth. it’s like Bloomberg cancelled Christmas, puppy dogs and those sugary ice cream cones at the same time. Millions of hysterical cons and libertarians screaming see! Liberalism is coming to destroy us all!

  8. edmondo says:

    @andrew e.:

    Banning Big Gulps is not liberalism. It’s just stupid.

  9. john personna says:

    The only scientific paper on the results of the law has come up with a net reduction in calories consumed for the area covered. So “science says” it helps fight obesity.

    Opponents would rather be fat, dumb, and unhappy.

  10. john personna says:

    @edmondo:

    Actually no, the smart people aren’t drinking the big gulps at fast food restaurants to start with.

    The greater your weight, the lower your IQ, say scientists