California voters support soda tax to fight obesity
April 22, 2010
A majority of California voters say they would support a small tax on sweetened soft drinks in order to fight obesity. [HealthyCal.org]
The Field Poll survey found that 56 percent would support a soft drink tax and 43 percent would be opposed.
Highest support for the proposed tax was found in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The only region of the state where less than a majority supported the tax was the Central Valley, which also boasts the highest rate of soft drink consumption in the state.
Analysts say that low-income families tend to drink more soda and are at an increased risk for obesity.
A 2009 UCLA study found that 41 percent of children, 62 percent of teens, and 24 percent of adults drink at least one soda or other sweeten drink per day. Those adults are 27 percent more likely to be obese or overweight.