The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

The pub­lic is not keen on the prover­bial nanny state, as en­vi­sioned by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and other pub­lic of­fi­cials. While 63 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say that obe­sity has an im­pact on so­ci­ety, 54 per­cent also say that the gov­ern­ment should not play a role in re­duc­ing obe­sity. Thirty-seven per­cent of Democrats and 77 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree. So says a new Pew Re­search Center poll re­leased Tues­day.

Cit­i­zens, in fact, have got­ten very suc­cinct in what they will and will not abide. Two-thirds fa­vor restau­rants of­fer­ing calo­rie counts on menus while 55 per­cent ap­prove of a ban on TV ads for un­healthy foods dur­ing chil­dren’s pro­gram­ming. But 52 per­cent con­demn the plan to pro­hibit the use of trans fats in food, 64 per­cent op­pose rais­ing taxes on su­gar-laden soft drinks and other temp­ta­tions while more than two-thirds op­pose lim­its on soft drink sizes in restau­rants and con­ve­nience stores.

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