Interesting results from the UMR omnibus published this morning:
- 81% of all respondents support a complete ban on smoking in restaurants (up 8% since Nov 04), while 17% oppose a complete ban (down 7).
- Among smokers support for the ban was 62% (up 14) and opposition 37% (down 13).
- Females (83%) slightly more likely than males (78%) to support the ban.
- Support for a complete ban in pubs and bars increased to 69% (up 13), while 27% were opposed (down 13).
- Among smokers, support for a complete ban in pubs and bars increased to 42% (up 20), while opposition fell to 55% (down 21).
- Among non-smokers, 75% support a complete ban (up 9), while 20% oppose one (down 9).
Social engineering gone mad? Or a simple step in line with public opinion?
In Wellington it certainly seems to have had little effect on numbers out and about in town. It seems, to me anyway, to make a long night out much more pleasant - you don't have to hang things like suit jackets up to air or get them drycleaned every time you go out any more.
Would hope the numbers continue to move in such a good direction.