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>Many Americans Ambivalent Over Laws Aimed at Healthy Living: Poll

Most accept rules for safety, smoking, eating, but also worry about a ‘nanny state’

NORWALK, Conn., USA – March 20, 2012 – With a recent flood of new regulations or proposals aimed at governing lifestyle choices such as smoking, eating or cellphone use, is the United States in danger of becoming a “nanny state”?

According to a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll released today, most Americans remain ambivalent about the issue, agreeing that policies that aim to protect public health and safety are sometimes necessary, but believing as well that adults should take responsibility for their own actions, and consequences for health.

Eighty-one percent of respondents agreed and 33 percent strongly agreed that laws aimed at protecting public safety — for example, regulations around safe driving or childhood vaccinations — are important to keeping Americans safe.

More than three-quarters also agreed that such initiatives do actually work. But on the other hand, almost two-thirds (61 percent) worried that these same laws might be too coercive, impeding individual freedoms.

“The public is somewhat schizophrenic about laws and policies that are intended to improve health and safety and reduce injuries and accidents,” said Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll. “Most people favor many regulations that protect them but they worry about our becoming a ‘nanny state.’”

The poll released today quizzed respondents on 14 different policies, laws and programs intended to improve health and safety. Some of the findings include:
- 91 percent supported a ban on texting while driving, while 74 percent “strongly” supported this initiative.
- 70 percent support, 43 percent strongly support banning talking on cellphones while driving.
- 78 percent support, 34 percent strongly support requiring eating establishments to reveal nutritional information on menus.
- 86 percent support, 55 percent strongly support requiring the regular round of childhood
vaccinations (mumps, measles, whooping cough, tuberculosis and polio).
- 80 percent support, 58 percent strongly support banning smoking in restaurants and public
places.
- 76 percent opposed, 43 percent strongly opposed employers citing obesity as a reason not to hire.
- 65 percent opposed, 34 percent strongly opposed employers not hiring smokers.
- 62 percent against, 37 percent strongly against the taxing of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.

And even as they supported many individual initiatives aimed at protecting the public good, 81 percent of respondents agreed that individuals should take responsibility for their own actions and “be free to make their own decisions, even if they suffer as a result.” One expert stressed that a balance must be struck between maintaining both public health and individual freedoms.The poll included 2,211 U.S adults over age 18 surveyed online between Feb. 27-29, 2012, by Harris Interactive, one of the world’s leading custom market research firms. HealthDay is a leading producer and syndicator of health news.

The complete findings of the newest joint Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll are available here. HealthDay’s news report is available here. Full data on the poll and its methodology are available at Harris Interactive.

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About HealthDay
HealthDay is a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news for consumers and physicians and is one of the largest health news syndicators to Internet sites. Its daily consumer health news service http://consumer.healthday.com/ appears on more than 5,000 websites such as Yahoo!, MSN Health, USNews.com, Everyday Health, and government websites like Healthfinder.gov, and MedlinePlus. A daily video version of the top health news story of the day is featured on HealthDay TV, a 90-second daily news broadcast appearing on several major media and U.S. government websites.
HealthDay also produces Physician’s Briefing (www.physiciansbriefing.com), a daily news service for physicians and other medical professionals. This service is licensed to hospitals, managed care organizations, media companies, and point of care providers like Epocrates.
HealthDay’s custom content division produces specialized content for a variety of audiences and works with some of the larger health portals in the United States.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Serving clients in more than 215 countries and territories through our North American, European, and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us – and our clients – stay ahead of what’s next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

>Soda Tax Not Included in Budget Proposal

The Washington Post.com

By: Tim Craig

May 21, 2010

Time Craig reported in the Washington Post on May 21, 2010, that the DC City Council decided not to include a proposed tax on soda in the fiscal 2011 budget because it lacked support. Craig wrote “members will search for savings in the budget to fund the Healthy Schools initiative, which has an estimated $6 million.”

Read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/20/AR2010052005327.html

>COUNCIL MEMBERS OPPOSE SODA TAX

Washington Examiner
By: Alan Suderman
May 21, 2010

The DC City Council will not include a one-cent per ounce tax on beverages sweetened with sugar in their fiscal 2011 budget, reported Alan Suderman of the Washington Examiner on May 21, 2010. He wrote, “Several council members had a litany of complaints against Cheh’s proposal, including that the tax applies too broadly, hurts lower-income families, and hadn’t followed the typical procedural process.”

Read the ful article here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/D_C_-soda-tax-fizzles-94531414.html

>GROCERS, RESTAURANTS, JOIN TO OPPOSE BEVERAGE TAX

By Tim Craig

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 14, 2010

Tim Craig of the Washington Post wrote on May 14, 2010, of the formation of No DC Beverage Tax, a coalition of more than three dozen city grocers and restaurants. The group formed to oppose City Council Member Mary M. Cheh’s one-cent per ounce tax on soda and other beverages. Craig quoted Ellen Valentino, executive vice president of the beverage association: “During these tough economic times, we are talking about the grocery store cart here,” said Valentino, noting that Cheh’s proposal would add about $1.44 to the cost of a 12-pack of soda. “We are talking about the working families and what some people look at as staples on their shopping list.”

Read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/13/AR2010051305429.html?referrer=emailarticle

>COALITION FORMS TO FIGHT SODA TAX

DCist.com
By Sommer Mathis
May 13, 2010

Sommer Mathis wrote of the formation of the No DC Beverage Tax coalition on the DCist.com blog on May 13, 2010. She listed several members, including “Au Bon Pain, Pizza Bolis, Safeway Inc., Magruder’s, and Blimpies, plus at least a dozen or so local liquor and convenience stores.”

Read the full post here: http://dcist.com/2010/05/soda_tax_opponents_get_organized.php

>DISTRICT RESIDENT VOICE OPPOSITION TO SODA TAX

ABC 7 News

Posted by: Malachi Constant

ABC 7 News quoted several city residents opposed to a one-cent per ounce tax on soda in their April 30, 2010, broadcast. District resident Rashard Smith said, “I just feel as though, it’s cans, it’s bags, what’s next?”

Watch the video and read the story here: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0410/731384.html

>ANTI-SODA TAX COALITION FORMS

In his D.C. Wire blog on the Washington Post on May 12, 2010, Tim Craig wrote of the formation of the No DC Beverage Tax coalition. He wrote of the coalition’s full-page advertisement in the Northwest Currant.

Read the full post here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2010/05/restaurants_band_together_to_d.html