Poll: Most disapprove of smoking regulation

A majority of Americans disapprove of the tobacco regulation legislation that President Obama signed this afternoon.

A new Gallup poll finds that 52% of Americans are against granting the federal government new powers to regulate the sale of tobacco. (The legislation in question gives the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products.)

Among smokers, that opposition shoots to 69%. Non-smokers favor the new regulations, but by the slim margin of 50%-48%.



But the sharpest demographic divide is based on education. For example, only 36% of those with a high school education or less favor the new law, compared to 62% of those with a postgraduate degree.

Of course, that's likely because Americans with less education are statistically more likely to smoke.



Only 17% of respondents favor a ban on smoking entirely.