There is some divide in public opinion on the idea of a “sugar tax” according to a new poll for the Daily Mail. While a small majority (54%) support a new tax on food and drinks which contain high levels of sugar, 43% oppose it. Other measures aimed at reducing obesity in Britain are more popular, such as compulsory health warning labels on food and drinks which are high in sugar (85%) and legal maximums on the amount of sugar allowed in food and drinks (72%).
A ban on high in sugar food and drinks is less popular, with 46% supporting it and 52% opposing.
Q: Do you support or oppose each of the following proposals designed to reduce obesity in Britain?
|A new tax on food and drinks which contain high levels of sugar||54%||43%||3%|
|Compulsory health warning labels on food and drinks which are high in sugar||85%||13%||2%|
|Legal maximum limits on the amount of sugar allowed in food and drink||72%||26%||2%|
|A ban on the sale of processed food and drinks which are high in sugar||46%||52%||1%|
Base: GB adults (n=1,002).