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Americans Stand Up for Happy Meals

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.

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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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