Poll: New Yorkers favor foam container ban

Polystyrene cups are bagged up after being manufactured

Polystyrene cups are bagged up after being manufactured at the DART Container Corp., plant in Lodi, Calif. In an effort to double the city's recycling rate by 2017, New York City Sanitation officials are considering a ban on to-go containers made of polystyrene foam. (2011) (Credit: AP)

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New Yorkers may be divided over the mayor's soda ban, but a majority have no qualms about prohibiting some of the cups those drinks come in.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday found that 69 percent of New Yorkers approved of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban plastic-foam food and drink containers.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said the results were surprising because there rarely has been this much support for the mayor's health programs.

"Even Staten Islanders, who have not been too receptive to other so-called 'nanny government' initiatives, approve of this one because they still live with the remains of the Fresh Kills landfill," he said in a statement.

Bloomberg announced his plan during his State of the City address last month and said it would help make New York greener.

The proposal is in the early stages and needs City Council approval before it's a done deal.

The plan to restrict the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces is set to go in effect on March 12, pending a lawsuit by the soda industry -- and according to the poll, most of the city's soda lovers are going to have to accept it kicking and screaming.

About 51 percent of New Yorkers still oppose the 16-ounce soda ban, especially those who live in the outer boroughs. Polled Manhattan residents were the only ones who approved of the plan, with a 57 percent majority.

Quinnipiac also asked New Yorkers which mayor in recent history was tops.

Rudy Giuliani led the list with 31 percent, followed by Ed Koch, with 25 percent, Bloomberg with 24 percent, David Dinkins and John Lindsay, each with 6 percent, and Abe Beame, with 1 percent.

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