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Table 2 Weighted proportion of respondents that supported policies in the total sample and by country

From: A multi-country survey of public support for food policies to promote healthy diets: Findings from the International Food Policy Study

n = 19,857
n = 3767
n = 3118
n = 4057
n = 4047
n = 4868
Subsidies to reduce the price of fresh fruit and vegetables 68.2 68.9a 70.4b 78.4a,b,c 66.5c 59.3a,b,c
Calorie amounts on menus of chain restaurants^ 65.4 60.5a,b 70.9a,c,d 73.8b,e,f 60.6c,e 62.6d,f
A maximum limit on salt levels in pre-packaged foods 61.4 60.4a 64.0b 73.6a,b 64.0a,b 48.5a,b
A ban on marketing unhealthy food and beverages to children^ 57.2 56.9a 61.4b 68.1a,b,c 59.4c 43.5a,b,c
Requiring water or milk as the default drink in children’s fast food meal deals 56.0 54.7a 55.2b 72.2a,b,c 52.6c 46.4a,b,c
Taxes on sugary drinks IF the money was spent on subsidising healthy food^ 51.6 48.6a 51.8b 66.3a,b 56.5a,b 37.2a,b
Taxes on sugary drinks^ 42.7 41.8a 40.7b 53.8a,b 49.1a,b 30.0a,b
Restrictions on maximum size (e.g., max of 375 mL) of single serve soft drink 42.3 43.3a 40.9b 56.6a,b,c 41.0c 31.0a,b,c
Zoning to restrict the number of fast food restaurants near schools 41.2 44.4a,b 35.7a,b 49.3a 48.4b 28.3a,b
Taxes on foods with high sugar 41.0 38.5a,b 36.1a 55.8a,b 46.5a,b 27.9b
A ban on toys, vouchers and competitions as part of children’s meals at fast food restaurants 37.9 42.9a 36.2a,b,c 43.8b 42.8c 25.9a,b,c
Restriction on sponsorship of sporting events and teams by food companies such as Coca Cola and McDonalds 37.3 39.8a 29.7a 49.5a 43.4a 23.3a
A ban on marketing all food and beverages to children 34.7 37.8a 36.1b 40.6b 37.8c 24.0a,b,c
  1. Sample weights constructed using population estimates from the census in each country based on age group, gender and region
  2. Values within rows with the same letters denotes statistically significant different levels of support between those countries at the p < 0.01 level (adjusted for age, sex, education and ethnicity)
  3. Policies sorted according to total level of support (in decreasing order)
  4. ^denotes policies not measured in Canadian respondents aged 18–30 years. Percentages reported are for adults ages 30 and over