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National Poll Finds Americans Oppose Tax on Soft Drinks; Don't Believe it Will Go to Improve Public Health
Date:3/23/2010

The well-regarded Rasmussen survey found that 73 percent of respondents believe that lawmakers who support a tax on soft drinks are more interested in raising additional funds for government. Only a meager 17 percent believe that the same lawmakers are interested in improving public health.

"Americans are smart. They know a money grab when they see it," Neely said. "The public doesn't buy that a tax is going to solve a problem as complex as obesity. Taxes like these are highly regressive, hurting the most those who can least afford it. It's time for lawmakers to bury this ill-conceived tax once and for all."

Importantly, the Rasmussen survey found a staggering 86 percent of people say that it is not within the government's realm of responsibility to dictate what their constituencies eat or drink -- a clear and strong rebuke of a tax on soft drinks or other sugar-sweetened beverages.

The Rasmussen data is reinforced by real world actions where soft drink taxes are being rejected.  Last year, Congress chose not to pursue a soda tax to pay for health care reform. In 2008, the state government in Maine imposed a tax on soft drinks and other beverages to pay for the state-run health care program.  In a November ballot init
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