PUBLIC OPINION > America Should Not Adopt a Fat Tax
SodaHead News 2012/05/21 22:00:00
Following Denmark's recent adoption of a "fat tax" -- that is, a tax on fatty foods, not a tax on fat people -- researchers are suggesting that a similar tax in America could save thousands of lives and cut down on obesity. But would a fat tax fly in the land of liberty? We asked the public to find out.
Fat chance! There was some support for a fat tax, but not nearly enough to pass on a ballot. Nearly two-thirds of respondents were opposed. One commenter wrote, "This does nothing to solve the real problem in America: Healthy natural foods are overpriced." Many comments echoed that sentiment, suggesting that it would be more productive to develop cheap nutritious food than to make the fatty stuff more expensive.
It's gonna be tough to pass legislation if American citizens are against it, but there's plenty of support overseas. Voters from outside the U.S. were twice as likely to support a fat tax. Although, keep in mind that the question asked about an American fat tax, so international voters aren't necessarily saying they want one in their own country. But they'd definitely like to see one in the States.
Naturally, overweight respondents were among the least supportive. Presumably, that's because it would impact their budget the most. Skinny voters were actually more than twice as likely to support a fat tax as overweight voters. Average weight voters sided with the overweight, while athletes were closer to skinny voters, but not quite as enthusiastic.
Liberals Love the Idea
Finally, as expected, there was an enormous political margin. Liberals were more supportive than any other group with 73% saying they would encourage a fat tax. That's an unprecedented 50% more than conservatives. Oddly enough, progressives were against the tax, as were most moderates and "others." Libertarians were even more opposed than conservatives with just 18% support.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about the fat tax. We'd love to hear from you!
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