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Americans Support Plastic Bag Ban Over Five-Cent Fee

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A year ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rejected a five-cent fee on plastic shopping bags at retail stores. Now, he’s planning to introduce a bill to ban plastic bags outright in the state, joining California and Hawaii. Americans are more inclined to agree with the plan to ban bags all together than to pay out of pocket to use them.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of American Adults favor a ban on disposable plastic shopping bags in the state where they live. Nearly as many (40%) oppose a plastic bag ban, but 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 24-25, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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