Lies, damned lies and statistics… A week after a survey from Rasmussen Reports suggested that 65% of Americans oppose NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s war on super-sized sodas, another survey commissioned by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)suggests Americans favor his radical approach.
The latest telephone survey of 1,008 Americans was conducted by CARAVAN, an omnibus service from ORC International, for the CSPI from May 31 to June 3.
It found that 50% of respondents support Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sales of sugary sodas larger than 16oz in foodservice outlets in New York City vs 48% who are against it.
CSPI: Sugary soda is a leading contributor to obesity and diabetes
Meanwhile, 64% thought retailers should provide information about calories and sugar in drinks in the soda aisle, and the health risks of drinking too many of them, said CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson.
“Sugary soda… is a leading contributor to obesity, diabetes, and other debilitating and expensive-to-treat diseases. We should also tax it, place warning labels on it, run television campaigns against it, and do everything we can to get people to drink less.”
The survey results conflict with the findings of a telephone survey of 1,000 US adults conducted on May 31 and June 1 by Rasmussen Reports in which 65% of those polled opposed Bloomberg’s ban, 24% were in favor, and 11% were undecided.
Click here to read more about the Rasmussen survey.
Click here for reaction to Bloomberg’s proposal.