Most New Yorkers back Bloomberg Styrofoam ban, says poll


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Mayor's Office's Flickr
Photo courtesy of Mayor's Office's Flickr

Although about half of New Yorkers don't support Mayor Bloomberg's soda ban, most are for a ban on Styrofoam.

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

A majority of New Yorkers back Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on Styrofoam soda cups, a new poll found.

Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the new poll found that 69 percent of New Yorkers support the ban, with only 26 percent, most being Republican, against it.

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on plastic foam take-out containers looks like his most popular public health initiative so far,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said. “Even Staten Islanders, who have not been too receptive to other so-called ‘Nanny Government’ initiatives, approve of this one because they still live with the remains of the Fresh Kills Landfill.”

New Yorkers are still not totally behind the proposed ban on large servings of sodas and other sugary drinks, with 51 percent of New Yorkers against the ban. Black voters especially are against the ban, with 60 percent against it.

Bloomberg’s total approval rating stand at 53 percent of voters, down from 56 percent from a poll conducted Jan. 17.

“Mayor Bloomberg maintains his pretty-good-for-a-third-term job approval,” Carroll said. “No more of those 70 percent numbers that were routine in his second term. But, as his tenure winds down, we still like him.”

 

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