Opposition on the proposed ban on soda by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being made by about two-third of Americans.
In a poll conducted by Reuters/Ipsos, it was found that 64 percent would not support a ban on large, sugary drinks in their own community, versus 36 percent who would favour capping the drinks at 16 ounces, the Politico reported.
AdvertisementThe same split was found on the issue of public health versus government overreach.
Bloomberg's plan, which is specific to movie theatres, restaurants, delis, street carts and sports arenas, gives the government far too much control over people's decisions about their personal dietary choices, 64 percent said.
But 36 percent applauded the mayor's plan, agreeing that it's a good public health move to reduce obesity and cut health care costs.
About seven in 10, or 71 percent, said that they don't believe that limiting soda cup sizes will actually have an impact on obesity rates.
The poll surveyed 977 adults from June 4 to 7 in online interviews. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.6 percent points.