Poll: Americans Split on Soda Taxes

Americans are split almost evenly down the middle in their support of soda taxes, a new Morning Consult-Vox poll finds.

That support extends roughly across several demographics: Democrats and Republicans, men and women, young and old voters. Berkeley, California is the only U.S. city that has passed a soda tax, although Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is now pushing a similar plan.

A poll of 1,976 voters asked whether they support taxing soda at a higher rate “in order to discourage individuals from purchasing” it found 45 percent of respondents supported or strongly supported the initiative, while 49 percent opposed or strongly opposed it.

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Among political parties, 44 percent of Republicans expressed some support for the tax, while 50 percent of Democrats did. That’s a much smaller different than many other policy issues.