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Citizens, in fact, have gotten very succinct in what they will and will not abide. Two-thirds favor restaurants offering calorie counts on menus while 55 percent approve of a ban on TV ads for unhealthy foods during children’s programming. But 52 percent condemn the plan to prohibit the use of trans fats in food, 64 percent oppose raising taxes on sugar-laden soft drinks and other temptations while more than two-thirds oppose limits on soft drink sizes in restaurants and convenience stores.


90 percent of Americans say the “people in Washington are out of touch with the rest of the country.”

85 percent agree that “the people running the country don’t really care what happens to you.”

80 percent believe that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer.

69 percent think that most “people with power” try to take advantage of them.

61 percent agree that what they think “doesn’t count very much anymore.”

38 percent feel left out of things in their own personal environment.

Source: A Harris Poll of 2,368 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 16 and 21 and released Tuesday.

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