WOODBURY - A News 12-Hofstra poll found that a majority of Long Islanders would oppose a statewide ban on large sugary drinks.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial initiative calls for a ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, delis and movie theaters in New York City. Earlier this month, a judge struck down Bloomberg's proposed ban one day before it was to take effect, calling it "arbitrary and capricious." Bloomberg is appealing the decision.

A poll conducted last year found that 60 percent of New York City respondents opposed the proposed ban. A recent News 12-Hofstra poll had almost the exact same results.

The poll found that 59 percent of Long Islanders said they would oppose a statewide ban on large sugary drinks, 33 percent said they would support it, and 8 percent were undecided.

According to a study presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association, sugary drinks and sodas could account for about 25,000 U.S. deaths each year by worsening the conditions of people with diabetes, heart disease and cancer.