02/14/2013 08:53 am ET

Field Poll: California Latino Voters Support Soda Tax, Obesity Prevention

SAN FRANCISCO -- A majority of California voters support taxing sugar-sweetened beverages if those taxes are used for school nutrition and physical education programs, according to the results of a new Field Poll. The survey also revealed that obesity prevention measures like this have greater support among ethnic voters.

When initially asked if they would support taxing sugary drinks, 53 percent of all voters stated that they would oppose such a tax. But when asked if they would support a soda tax if the revenues would go to obesity prevention programs in schools, a larger majority – 68 percent – stated that they would support the tax.

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