I've just seen on an internet news site this headline: Public want unhealthy lifestyles tax to save NHS. It went on to state that a study shows 35% of those surveyed support a tax hike on alcohol, cigarettes and unhealthy food. It's clear that our pernicious democratic system that sometimes gives political parties 100+ majorities in the Commons on less than 40% of the vote has tainted the researchers' views on what constitutes a majority. I suppose a headline that 65% don't want an unhealthy lifestyles tax is rather less dramatic, but such is the pernicious grip of anti-alcohol campaigners on media perceptions that this obvious fact has completely escaped them. I've got news for all those who want health taxes: we've already got them. The amount of tax and duty paid on alcohol and cigarettes is a very high percentage of the purchase price ~ another fact our media types failed to point out.
A media "debate" on alcohol and smoking that misses out obvious facts, that is clearly skewed in one direction, and which regards 35% as everyone is no debate at all. It's more an example of "the big lie", so beloved of the Nazis, and the foundation of the dictatorship in Orwell's 1984. If this is overstating the case, it's not by much ~ the Daily Mail uses similar techniques all the time on a variety of issues.
I think the percentage in the picture is is higher now due to the beer tax escalator. I remember the Tories saying about the petrol tax escalator that idea of an escalator is that at some point you reach the top. But they were in opposition then of course.