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Poll finds some public support for soda tax

A poll of 400 Philadelphia likely voters commissiond by coalition of anti-obesity organizations found that 53 percent of voters would support the two-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks proposed by Mayor Nutter, so long as some of the funds raised were used for anti-obesity programs.

The poll found that the proposed soda tax - which appears to have nowhere near enough support in City Council to pass - is a somewhat more popular option than the other revenue raising options the city is considering this budget cycle, such as higher property taxes, a garbage collection fee or adjustments to the business privelege tax.

It is not clear the poll will revive the soda tax's political prospects.

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