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.