Monday, November 08, 2010
Kids may soon be smiling less in San Francisco. The city's Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance last week that would limit toy giveaways in fast-food orders like McDonald's Happy Meals unless they are made more nutritious.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 82% of Americans oppose a ban on kids’ fast-food menu options unless they meet nutritional guidelines. Just 11% support a ban like the one under discussion in San Francisco. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Only 27% of Adults think it is the role of government to regulate the nutritional content of food sold by fast-food restaurants. Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and say it's not the government's business. Eighteen percent (18%) more aren't sure.
If the law ultimately is enacted, San Francisco would become the first major city in the country that passed such a law which is aimed at curbing childhood obesity.
The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on November 4-5, 2010 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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