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Six in Ten New Yorkers Oppose Soda Ban

A poll by the New York Times says most New Yorkers are against the plan, even if they aren't big soda drinkers themselves.

Six in Ten New Yorkers Oppose Soda Ban

A total 60 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, according to 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, the Times reported.

“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 an interview. “There are many other things that people do that aren’t healthy, so I think it’s a big overreach.”

A Patch poll in late May found that 67 percent of readers disagreed with the ban, while 27 percent said they thought it was a good idea.

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