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Americans Not Yet Convinced “Obesity Tax” Is The Solution To The Problem

June 2, 2010: 08:33 PM EST
The childhood obesity issue has gained more publicity lately as First Lady Michelle Obama has championed efforts by government, schools, food companies, and others to battle the problem. Local and state governments are pondering taxes on soft drinks and fast food as a deterrent, but American consumers apparently aren’t convinced it’s the right way to go. In fact, more than half – 56 percent – are opposed to an “obesity tax,” a Harris Interactive survey of 2,140 U.S. adults has found. About 42 percent said they are strongly opposed to the tax, and three in ten supported such a measure. The survey results varied by location and age, Harris said, noting that Easterners and Westerners were more likely to favor the tax, while Southerners and Midwesterners were more likely to oppose it.
"Over Half of Americans Opposed to Taxing Soft Drinks and Fast Food", Harris Interactive, June 02, 2010, © Harris Interactive Inc.
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