The bottom line in this battle between Marist College and the New York Post over who could think up the most puns: New Yorkers are not in favour of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. The NY1-Marist poll released early Tuesday shows that 53 per cent of adults in New York think Bloomberg’s proposal is a bad idea, while 42 per cent think it’s OK. With all of the backlash against Bloomberg the last few days, that’s actually kind of surprising. By the exact same numbers, 53 per cent thought the plan is a government overreach, while 42 per cent thought it was a “good health policy to fight the problem of obesity.”
New Yorkers felt this way despite the fact that less than one in five said it would actually affect their normal health habits. Only 17 per cent said they buy a 16-ounce sugary drink “often” or “very often.”
Now, the breakdown by borough: Manhattan actually is in favour of the proposal by a 52-44 margin. All others are vehemently against it, including huge gaps in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island:
Photo: NY-1-Marist poll
Despite the sugary-drink flap, Bloomberg still gets a 45 per cent approval rating. That’s up from 44 per cent in April and a low 39 per cent last August.
You know what? Looks like this proposal is fizzing out. Right?
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