• Poll: Majority still support wine-in-markets

13 Dec

LOUDONVILLE, NY — The debate over expanding the legal right to sell wine in supermarkets may be over in the state Legislature for this year, but the topic itself still shows signs of life.

The latest Siena Research Institute poll, released today, covers a wide range of topics about the legislative leadership, the lame duck governor, David Paterson, and the governor-elect, Andrew Cuomo.

In questions pertaining to beverages, the poll found that that New Yorkers support selling wine in supermarkets by a 20-point margin, 59% to 39%. Such a move, which has died in the Legislature several times, continues to be broadly supported by people from every part of the state and every ideological group. That is consistent with several polls taken a year earlier showing similar results.

Steven Greenberg, who runs the poll out of Siena College in this Albany County suburb, noted that although a majority of respondents want wine to be sold in grocery stores, they are against a proposed soda tax such as one that also died in the Legislature this year.

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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Legislation/Regulation


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