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New Gallup poll: Most Americans oppose beverage bans

A new Gallup poll has found that a majority of Americans would vote against a law limiting the size of sugar-sweetened beverages served in restaurants to no larger than 16 ounces.

According to the poll, conducted June 15-16, 69 percent of respondents said they would vote against beverage legislation, while 30 percent said they favored such a law.

The poll comes as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are appealing the March ruling of State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, who struck down a proposed ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, delis, stadiums and arenas, concession stands and food carts. Supermarkets and c-stores were exempt from the proposed ban. In his ruling, Tingling said the proposed ban was “arbitrary and capricious” and thereby unenforceable.

The National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Association are the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the ban, which calls for size limits on beverages such as soda, sweetened iced tea, some smoothies and coffee drinks and lemonade. Milk-based and alcoholic beverages are exempt.

Other polls conducted over the last year have indicated that most Americans do not favor beverage bans. In August 2012, the New York Times conducted a poll that found 60 percent of New York City residents opposed New York City’s proposed beverage ban. Another poll, conducted by Reuters in June 2012, found that 64 percent of Americans opposed the proposed ban.

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