6/4: Put Sugary Drink Ban on Ice…Ban Goes Too Far, Says Majority

June 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, NYC, NYC Poll Archive, Politics

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg caused a stir last week when he proposed the ban of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in establishments other than grocery and convenience stores.  What do New York City residents think about the proposal?  53% of adults in the Big Apple believe it’s a bad idea while 42% say it is a good one.  Six percent are unsure.

large sugary sodaClick Here for Complete June 4, 2012 NYC NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables

“Unfortunately for Mayor Bloomberg, New Yorkers find the glass to be half empty on his proposal to ban super-size drinks,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

By borough, the proposal is poorly received among residents in Queens and Staten Island and in Brooklyn.  58% of adults in Queens and Staten Island and 55% of those in Brooklyn say the ban is a bad idea.  However, 52% of Manhattan residents think the proposal is a good one.  In the Bronx, 49% say the plan is a bad idea while 44% think it’s a good one.

Even a majority of New Yorkers who want to lose weight — 51% — think the restriction is not a good idea.

And, while 42% of New York City adults report the idea is good health policy to fight the problem of obesity, 53% believe Bloomberg’s plan is an example of government going too far.  Five percent are unsure.

Many New Yorkers think there’s little point to the ban.  52% state the proposal won’t help people watch their weight.  45% disagree and say it will, and 3% are unsure.

The proposal made quite a splash.  67% have seen or heard about it including 39% who have heard a great deal about it and 28% who know a good amount.  16% haven’t heard or seen very much about the plan, and 17% know nothing at all about it.

When it comes to New Yorkers’ own drinking habits, the ban would affect less than one in five adults.  Just 17% of residents say they purchase a beverage larger than 16 ounces when they go out to eat, to the movies, or to a sporting event.  This includes 6% who report they do so very often and 11% who say they often do.  31% state it’s rare they make such a purchase, and 52% say they never buy super-size drinks.  Not surprisingly, 64% of those who purchase these large drinks think the mayor’s proposed ban is a bad idea.

Table: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Proposed Ban on Sugary Drinks in NYC

Table: NYC Sugary Drink Ban: Good Health Policy or Goes Too Far?

Table: Impact of Proposed Sugary Drink Ban on People’s Weight

Table: Aware of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Proposed Ban on Sugary Drinks in NYC

Table: Frequency of Buying a Drink Larger than 16 Ounces

Bloomberg Approval Rating at 45%

45% of registered voters in New York City believe Mayor Bloomberg is doing either an excellent or good job in office.  This includes 9% who say he is doing an excellent one and 36% who report he is doing a good one.  29% rate Bloomberg’s job performance as fair while 20% think he is performing poorly.  Six percent are unsure.

When NY1-Marist last asked this question in April, 44% gave the mayor high marks.  33% said he was doing an average job while 22% believed he fell short.  Only 1%, at the time, was unsure.

By borough:

  • Among voters in the Bronx, 36% approve of Bloomberg’s job performance.  This compares with 33% who thought this way in April.
  • In Brooklyn, 42% praise the mayor while a similar proportion — 46% — previously gave Bloomberg a thumbs-up.
  • 48% of registered voters in Queens and Staten Island believe the mayor is doing an excellent or good job in office while 44% had this opinion in April.
  • Looking at Manhattan, 50% approve of Mayor Bloomberg’s job performance.  This compares with 51% who shared this view in NY1-Marist’s April survey.

Table: Mayor Michael Bloomberg Approval Rating

Table: Mayor Michael Bloomberg Approval Rating Over Time

Trend graph: Bloomberg approval rating over time.

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How the Survey was Conducted

Nature of the Sample

5/21: The Weight Factor? More than Seven in Ten New Yorkers Tie Happiness and Success to Weight

They say money can’t buy happiness, but can being thin?  According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, 72% of New York State adults think someone who is thin is happier than someone who is overweight.  13% disagree and report that a person who is overweight is happier, and 15% are unsure.

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Click Here for Complete May 21, 2012 NYS NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Release and Tables

When it comes to success, the same proportion of New York State adults — 72% — report someone who is thin is more successful while 8% say those who are overweight are.  One in five — 20% — is unsure.

Income makes a difference.  Nearly eight in ten New Yorkers who earn $100,000 or more a year — 79% — say thin people are more successful.  This compares with 72% of those who make between $50,000 and just under $100,000 annually and 69% who make less than $50,000 a year.

There is no age difference on this question.  Regardless of age, more than seven in ten think someone who is thin is more successful than someone who is overweight.

How do New Yorkers perceive their own weight?  68% describe themselves as about the right weight for their size and age.  29% say they are overweight while only 4% think they are underweight.

Table: Level of Happiness Related to Weight

Table: Level of Success Related to Weight

Table: Perceptions of Weight

Fast Food Fanatics?  Six in Ten New Yorkers Pass

60% of adults in New York say they have not eaten in a fast food restaurant during the past week.  One in four — 25% — visited a fast food joint at least one day last week, 7% have eaten a meal in such an establishment two days while 4% have dined at a fast food establishment three days.  Four is the number of days reported by 2% of New Yorkers while just 1% has eaten at a restaurant similar to McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s five days during the last week.  Two percent report eating at a fast food restaurant all seven days.

New Yorkers who report eating at a fast food restaurant in the past week did so on average of close to two days — 1.8 days.

Younger New Yorkers are more likely to have visited a fast food restaurant than older New Yorkers.  63% of New Yorkers under 30, 44% of those 30 to 44, 38% of residents 45 to 59, and 23% of those 60 and older have dined at this type of restaurant at least once in the past week.

Table: Number of Days Eaten a Meal in a Fast Food Restaurant

Table: Number of Days Eaten a Meal in a Fast Food Restaurant (Average)

Nature of the Sample

How the Survey was Conducted

7/2: Burgers, Ribs, and Steak Top List of Favorite BBQ Foods

July 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Food, Food Pantry, Living

If you’re planning to fire up the grill this holiday weekend, there’s something you should know.  Americans have varied food tastes!  Hamburgers and cheeseburgers edge out the competition as the favorite barbecue food with 22% of residents preferring this barbecue delight.  Ribs and steak come in a very close second with 20% each.  Chicken receives 19% while hot dogs are the “top dog” for 9%.  7% of the population enjoy fish the most while 3% prefer veggie burgers.



Men and women have different culinary tastes.  While men prefer ribs (24%) and steak (23%) the most, women choose chicken (24%) and burgers (22%) at a barbecue.  Chicken is also the food of choice for those 60 and older (24%).

So, just how many residents plan on hosting or attending a barbecue this Fourth of July?  48% say they will celebrate America’s birthday in this way while 52% will not.

Those who are the most likely to enjoy a cookout are residents in the Northeast and South, those who earn $50,000 or more annually, and Americans under age 45.

Table: Favorite Barbecue Food
Table: Host or Attend July 4th Barbecue

Marist Poll Methodology

4/15: Americans Cutting Spending In Time of Economic Crisis

April 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Family Finances, Featured, Money, Money Vault

Not surprisingly, most Americans have significantly cut back on their spending and nearly everyone has been looking for ways to be more cost-conscious during these tough economic times.  61% of families report they have recently had to dramatically cut the family budget.



Struggling to make ends meet through this recession has taken a bite out of how and what we eat.  From frills to staples, a staggering 87% of American families have rethought their eating habits and the food they buy in order to reduce costs.

Table: Significantly Cutting Back
Table: Cutback At Least One Food Area

Battle of the Brands

One of the more popular options for saving money on food has been to take a second look at store brands.  About two-thirds of Americans — 67% — say they have left name brands on the shelf to purchase store brands.  Not surprisingly, three-quarters of Americans who earn less than $50,000 a year have gravitated toward generic brands while 59% of those who make $50,000 or more have done the same.

Table: Store Brands/Name Brands

Staying In and Brown Bagging It

Watching what we spend on food for many Americans has meant fewer visits to their favorite restaurants and more lunchbox meals.  Forget about a big night out!  About two-thirds of people nationally have decided to eat out less to save money.  64% report they are making their lunch rather than buying it.

There is one area where fewer Americans are willing to slash — coffee and snacks.  Although a notable number of Americans — 47% — have tried to save money by skipping their purchase of coffee or snacks throughout the day, 53% say they have not.  A majority of people over 45 years of age have not given up this daily ritual compared with a slim majority of their younger counterparts who have.

Table: Eating Out Less
Table: Making/Buying Lunch
Table: Coffee/Snack

A Tough Option, but Buying Less Means Spending Less

40% of Americans report they have had to cut back on the amount of food or groceries they purchase in the wake of today’s economic crisis.  Family income is a big factor.  Nearly half — 49% — of those whose annual household income is less than $50,000 say they’ve slashed spending on food in order to make ends meet compared with 28% who earn more.

For 9% of families throughout the country, food pantries have kept the cupboards from being bare.  That proportion approximates the plight of over 10 million families who have visited a local food pantry in order to keep food on the table.  Younger families and those with lower incomes are harder hit.  12% of Americans younger than 45 years old have visited a food bank and one in seven families with an income of less than $50,000 annually have done so.

Table: Cutting Back on Food/Groceries
Table: Food Pantry Visit

Marist Poll Methodology

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Feasting for Less

March 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Food, Food Pantry, Living

These tough economic times require cost-conscious measures, but when it comes to the dinner table, a majority of Americans try not to end up being penny-wise and pound foolish.  In a March 2009 Marist Poll, 54% of Americans tell us they look for healthy alternatives in their everyday dinner recipes.  26% say their top recipe priority is its affordability, followed by 13% who want it to be fast, and 7% who need it to be kid-friendly.



However, money does matter.  Households with a family income of less than $50,000 divide: 45% look for a recipe that is healthy but 40% say their top priority is affordability.  This compares with 60% of families with an income of $100,000 or more who weigh healthy options highest.

And, as we age, concern with cost and speed declines and the value of healthy choices in the recipes we choose increases.

Everyday Recipe Table

Marist Poll Methodology

Related Links:

Nutrition Data:  Know What You Eathttp://www.nutritiondata.com/


Dietary Guidelines for Americanshttp://www.health.gov/DietaryGuidelines/


Healthy and affordable:  Recipeshttp://healthyrecipes.oregonstate.edu

Healthy and affordable:  Money saving tipshttp://healthyrecipes.oregonstate.edu/stretching-food-dollars

Healthy dinner ideas from the Food Networkhttp://www.foodnetwork.com/ellies-healthy-dinner-ideas/video/index.html