Essential Report

Controls on food and drink

Apr 1, 2014

Q. In considering how to control food and drink with potential health consequences, such as junk food, soft drink, sugar and salt, do you support or oppose the following?

 

 

Total support

Total oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Better labelling to inform consumers

85%

6%

44%

41%

5%

1%

9%

Personal responsibility – it‘s not up to governments

67%

19%

32%

35%

13%

6%

13%

Ban some products exceeding recommended levels altogether

60%

25%

24%

36%

18%

7%

15%

Bans on advertising

54%

33%

19%

35%

26%

7%

13%

Industry self-regulation

45%

35%

11%

34%

22%

13%

20%

Tax increases to make them more expensive

40%

48%

16%

24%

30%

18%

11%

While two-thirds (67%) of respondents support the position that, in terms of controlling food and drink with potential health consequences, it is a “personal responsibility – it’s not up to governments”, a majority also support “better labelling to inform consumers” (85%), “ban some products exceeding recommended levels altogether” (60%) and “bans on advertising” (54%).

Women are a little more likely to support bans on advertising (58%) and better labelling (88%).

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