Sixty percent of New Yorkers oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, while only 36 percent agree with it, says a New York Times poll.
The Board of Health will vote on the proposal on Sept. 13 – and is likely to approve the ban. Of the 1,026 adults polled, the opposition to the plan spanned age, race, gender, political persuasion and soda consumption habits, says the Times.
“The ban is at the point where it is an infringement of civil liberties,” Liz Hare, 43, a scientific researcher in Queens, told the paper in a follow-up interview. “There are many other things that people do that aren’t healthy, so I think it’s a big overreach.”
The ban will have the biggest effect on black and Hispanic residents, who the Times found are much more likely to drink regular (non-diet) sodas.
Seventy percent of black New Yorkers, and about 60 percent of Hispanics, said they usually drank regular sodas, compared with nearly 40 percent of whites.
In Forest Hills, the management of Midway Theater on Queens Boulevard made a sugary splash with a marquee message to Bloomberg.
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