Americans Oppose Soda Tax More than 2-1, And Even Denmark and Washington Have Repealed Theirs

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 26, 2013 | 12:17 PM EDT

California is eyeing a tax on sugary sodas, but popular opinion and the history of such state taxes don't bode well for it, even if it is enacted.

Other liberal states like Washington and Maine have repealed their soda taxes.

Nationally, Americans are opposed to government taxes on sugary drinks and candy by a more than 2-to-1 margin, according to a Harris Interactive poll released yesterday.

While 56-58% opposed such taxes, only 21-23% percent favor them. "This is a strong vote against the 'nanny state,'" said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll.

Abroad, even left-leaning Denmark has repealed its soda tax as citizens have been taking their sweet tooth spending across the border. And, the UK is still struggling to institute a "fizzy drink" tax.

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