Who’s in Favor of Bloomberg’s Sugary Drink Ban?

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Survey says "meh." Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Quinnipiac University researchers conducted a poll to measure how New Yorkers feel about the size limitation on sweetened beverages, and as it turns out, the city's largely divided. Forty-nine percent of women were in favor of the bill, and 48 percent against. Men were similarly split: 44 percent expressed support, and 54 percent didn't. The breakdown by race showed more marked dissent: Black voters were overwhelmingly against the bill, with 60 percent giving the thumbs-down. White and Hispanic voters were both divided down the middle, with percentages close to 50-50. Manhattan was the only borough that came out more in support (57 percent to 39) and 49 percent of Brooklynites think this is good for the city. Overall, opinions haven't changed much since June, when Bloomberg announced his plans. All the 50-50 splits show that nobody knows how the hell they're supposed to feel about the restriction. It's doubtful that the increased cost and inconvenience of buying smaller sizes will actually make a difference when it comes to the city's mortality and obesity rates. But there are definitely people out there who have mad love for Nanny Bloomberg. [Earlier, NYP]