More New Yorkers support plastic foam ban, oppose sugary drink ban

A new poll shows New Yorkers support a proposed ban on plastic foam containers, but they oppose the ban on large sugary drinks. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
A new poll shows New Yorkers support a proposed ban on plastic foam containers, but they oppose the ban on large sugary drinks. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

A majority of New Yorkers support Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on plastic foam containers, but they are less supportive of his ban on large sugary drinks, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that New York City voters support a potential plastic foam ban 69 percent to 26 percent. But when asked about the ban that prohibits the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces at some establishments, New Yorkers are opposed 51 percent to 46 percent.

Opposition was especially strong among black voters. They oppose the drink ban 60 percent to 38 percent. The poll also found that more men oppose the ban than women do.

The ban on sugary drinks goes into effect March 12. Restaurants and other food establishments will no longer be able to sell sugary drinks that are larger than 16 ounces. Grocery stores and convenience stores, such as 7-11, are not affected.

A ban on plastic foam would force restaurants and other food service providers who currently use plastic foam to replace their takeout containers. Foam trays in school cafeterias would also be eliminated.


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