Earlier this week, we shared an op-ed published on Reason.com that shoots down the idea of a soda tax. Lately, we have seen an increasing amount of evidence that people do not support taxes and bans on common grocery items like soft drinks, juice drinks, teas, sports drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
For instance, a May 2014 Rasmussen Reports poll found that 63 percent of American adults oppose a ban on the sale of soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. Just 19 percent favor a law like the one that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed.
Again, people don’t support taxes and bans on their groceries. And, as we’ve said before, that’s why the public policy debate has moved on from taxes and bans and onto real solutions.