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Voters Reject A Spoonful of Taxes on Their Sugar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Government officials who want to change habits they consider bad for the public often try to use the tax code as a way to discourage consumption, and now a proposal has been made to tax sugar to make us use less of it. Like most so-called "sin taxes," this one doesn't go down well with Americans.

Just 20% of American Adults favor a tax on sugar to discourage sugar use and help fund programs to fight obesity and diabetes. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 72% oppose such a tax. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on August 5-6, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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