Poll: New Yorkers Sweet on Plans to Tax Sugary Beverages, Curb Salt


sodaNew Yorkers are sweet on a plan to tax sugar-laden drinks, curb salt and post calories at fast-food restaurants, according to results of a poll released today. A Quinnipiac survey found 76 percent of voters back a tax on soft drinks.

Even 60 percent of tax-shy Republicans favored the plan.

Support for the so-called soda tax to close budget gaps was strong among black, white and Hispanic voters in every borough.

A whopping 84 percent of those polled said the new law requiring restaurants to post calories on menu boards is helpful compared with 16 percent that didn’t.

About 77 percent of registered voters said Mayor Bloomberg is correct to push eateries to use less salt while only 21 percent said he’s wrong.

Women are particularly pleased with the plan, backing it at an 81 percent clip, while 72 percent of the men polled favored it.

Asked if Bloomberg’s involvement in food issues is “about right,” 55 percent said yes while 20 percent said he was going too far.

“There’s been some grumbling about ‘nanny government’ by Mayor Michael Bloomberg but voters are eating it up,” said Maurice Carroll, director of Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute.

“City Hall’s menu of food initiatives gets three stars from the voters,” he said.

New Yorkers also overwhelmingly agree with Bloomberg that the 9/11 terror trials should be moved from Lower Manhattan with 68 percent wanting it elsewhere.

They are split on where to hold it: 42 percent of them say terror trials should be held in the state, while 44 percent say they should not. More than half of the respondents want the terrorists tried in a military court compared to 36 percent who favor trying them in civilian court.

“The Bush administration approach to terror trials – military not civilian – wins support in the city,” Carroll said.

When it comes to crime fighting, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is still popular – he boasts a 70 percent approval rating, matching his all-time high in 2006.

Still, only 54 percent of New Yorkers trust NYPD stats that show crime declining compared with 39 percent who do not.

{NY Daily News/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. More taxes?! What are they talking about? I’ve been paying sales tax on my soda already, in addition to the bottle deposit/tax. What’s next when this doesn’t work to bring in the cash quite as planned???

  2. just another way for the state to get more money out of us. its bad enough we are struggling on a daily basis. middle class homes are putting out more then they are bringing in their household. when you ask for help they tell you sorry you make too much. how is that far to the hard working family.