Bootleg Soda

No tax was paid on this McHenry County soft drink or the ice within,

My wife was at Jewel last night and found a woman who worked in Cook County buying soft drinks to take to work.

It does not take a lot of imagination to figure out that collar county residents who work in Cook County will be bringing in soda for their friends.

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Polling firm We Ask America reported these results:

Cook County Beverage Tax Poll

Posted: 10 Aug 2017 09:29 AM PDT

From August 3 through August 6, 2017, We Ask America Polls™ conducted a hybrid (part automated/part live interview) telephone poll measuring Cook County likely voters’ views on the recently implemented beverage tax on sweetened products. The primary question was this:

“As you may know, a new tax has taken effect in Cook County that places a one-cent-per ounce- tax on most sweetened beverages. We’d like to know if you APPROVE, or DISAPPROVE of the new Cook County beverage tax that places a new tax on most sweetened beverages.”

The poll also asked voters’ opinions on the main motive for the tax increase (health vs. increased spending) and their opinions on re-electing officials who voted for the new tax. Click HERE to download the results.


The new beverage tax received the highest disapproval percentage of any similar tax we’ve ever polled: Nearly 87 percent disapproved of the tax, 12 percent approved of it and only one percent had no opinion.

Very few believe the “health” argument for passing the tax: Only 8 percent believe that the tax was implemented to improve the health and well-being of Cook Co. residents.

Commissioners who voted for the tax will have a tougher time convincing voters to re-elect them next year.

Across all demographics, pro-beverage tax commissioners face potential problems if challengers use this issue against them in next fall’s elections.

While nearly 10 percent of voters said they would be MORE likely to vote for a pro-beverage tax commissioner, close to 83 percent stated they would be LESS likely to re-elect a county commissioner who supported the measure. Potential political challengers will certainly use this issue that scores points on Election Day.

Notes & Comments

While it may be argued that this poll was taken soon after consumers first experienced so-called Sticker Shock from the new beverage tax and therefore doesn’t necessary reflect how they’ll feel about it next year, the extraordinarily high rate of disapproval (nearly 87 percent) indicates that this tax is not going to be merely shrugged off in the long run. Very high response percentages often are linked to a combination of intellectual and emotional factors—and that combination can affect elections.

The Ethnic Origin Demographic breakouts indicate that the tax is LEAST popular among African American and Hispanic voters. The group with the highest approval rate for the tax are Asians (17 percent).

There are statistically no differences between City and Suburban Cook residents in the approve/disapprove answers, and little difference in the other questions.

Poll details:

Type: Hybrid; automated to landline phones, live operator interviews to cell phones.
Responses: 1,119 Likely Voters
Margin of Error: 3.0%
Poll dates: Aug. 3-6, 2017


Bootleg Soda — 8 Comments

  1. I love how Cook County tax people more on any item just because they can’t budget their money.

  2. Nob? Do you have no abiity to tell when someone is trying to tell you something? voter just gave you a great example of what sarcasm is. Instead you take this missed opportunity to turn around and misuse the language yet again. You are using the word snarky wrong.

  3. DEMOCRATS are so mentally disturbed that they actually believe they can tax their way
    out of debt.

    Nothing screams stupid and dangerous to society like DEMOCRATS and their utopian ideas.

  4. All Hail Toni Taxwinkle!

    She’s 70! Time to be put her

    pasture … her soda tax fanaticism could be a sign of mental decay.

    She was, for decades, married to ‘Zeus’ who said she was a witch! Not a metaphorical sense – but as an actual practitioner of the black arts as in Wicca. Although a certain synthesis with Voodooistic rites and pins-in-dolls craft was claimed, along with curious visitations to Haiti when Papa and Baby Doc ran the show.

  5. I smoke cigarettes, regrettably – I am taxed up with wazoo to smoke.

    I cost taxpayers, in the long run, statistically speaking.

    Sugar, specifically in sodas – nutrient deficient beverages comparatively do the same.

    Obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay are directly correlated.

    Whats the fuss about, and where do you see the difference between raising taxes on unhealthy habits.

    One scorned, the other on the way out?

    Tobacco taxes are championed and celebrated.

    But sugar and (even worse high fructose corn syrup – maybe its fake news – but I’m sure it’s overuse is one of the worlds next major health crises.

    Remember a month ago all the negative press on coconut oil?

    Check out who funded the research.

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