Which is worse for your health: Soda or diet soda?

Our scientifically-conducted national telephone survey results are reported below. This box contains a ballot for our companion online poll, which provides unscientific results.

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Which is worse for your health: Soda or diet soda?

When I switched from drinking way too much Coca-Cola to drinking far too much Diet Coke, I lost 30 pounds in three months.

So I’m biased: I’m a big believer in diet soda over fully leaded soda.

But when we asked a nationally representative sampling of Americans which is more unhealthy, Americans said diet soda over regular soda by a 42%-32% margin, with 26% expressing no opinion.

Apparently many Americans believe disputed reports that diet soda causes cancer.

More women (46%) than men (38%) believe diet soda is worse for you than regular soda.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,168 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 22, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%.  Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

What do you think?  Vote in our online companion poll and comment below.

The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position crosstabs – soda-health.

You can learn more about our polling methodology here.

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