ABA Report: As health organizations back soda tax, new data shows most Philly locals against it

Despite additional preK seats and new community schools in neighborhoods across the city, only one section of Philadelphia has more residents in support of, rather than against, the funding mechanism behind those initiatives, according to a new report from the American Beverage Association.

The Philadelphia beverage tax (PBT) has led to the opening of a dozen community schools in neighborhoods from the Far Northeast to Wynnefield, from Cedarbrook to Lower Moyamensing.

Despite that benefit, the majority of neighbors in West Philly, South Philly, North Philly, the Northeast and the Northwest oppose the tax, which imposes a 1.5 cent per ounce levy at the distributor level, the ABA's latest research – conducted by David Binder Research – shows.

The results are based on telephone interviews conducted between April 4–8 with 600 Philadelphians, a sample culled from voter registration rolls with about half reached by cell phone and the other half by landline.

Quotas were set for demographics like age and race to ensure the group is representative of the city's population.

Across the entire city, 60 percent of the population is against the tax, the report said.

In the Northeast, 74 percent of those surveyed said they are somewhat or strongly...

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