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Poll: New Yorkers Oppose Bloomberg’s Plan To Ban Super-Sized Sugary Drinks

Twenty-ounce bottles of regular and diet soda are seen for sale at a Manhattan deli on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Twenty-ounce bottles of regular and diet soda are seen for sale at a Manhattan deli on May 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City voters are opposed to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban large sugary drinks, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

The poll found that New Yorkers are opposed to the proposed ban 51 to 46 percent.

WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb reports


“They doubt that this will be an effective way of cutting down obesity, 56 to 39 tell Quinnipiac, no they don’t think so,” said polling director Maurice Carroll.

According to Quinnipiac University, men and women have slightly different opinions about the proposed ban. Men oppose the ban 55 to 41 percent. Women support it by a slim margin: 50 to 47 percent.

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It also found that voters were evenly split when asked if they believe Bloomberg is running a “nanny government.”

The proposal would put a 16-ounce limit of sugary drinks sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts and would apply to both bottled and fountain drinks.

It would not include grocery or convenience stores that don’t serve prepared food and wouldn’t apply to diet soda, other calorie-free drinks or anything that has at least 50 percent milk or milk substitute.

The Board of Health received the proposal Tuesday. Public hearings are the next step.

The telephone poll of 1,093 New York City voters was conducted from June 6 to 11. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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