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4/21: Mideast Turmoil, U.S. Oil Companies Blamed for High Gas Prices


4/21: Mideast Turmoil, U.S. Oil Companies Blamed for High Gas Prices

As the price of gasoline skyrockets, Americans have no trouble pointing a proverbial finger.  According to this McClatchy-Marist Poll, the turmoil in the Middle East and U.S. oil companies are the most to blame.  36% of U.S. residents think the volatility in the Middle East is at fault while 34% say U.S. oil companies are the culprits.  11% hold President Obama and the Democrats responsible, and 7% find fault with Congressional Republicans.  Three percent of Americans blame state and local taxes, and one in ten — 10% — are unsure.


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Democrats — 44% — and independents — 39% — are more likely to blame U.S. oil companies for the high price of gas while Republicans — 37% — are more likely to cite the turmoil in the Middle East.

“There’s plenty of blame to go around for high fuel prices in the minds of Americans,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.  “Although this is an issue that hits close to home, right now it isn’t being laid at President Obama’s doorstep.”

The high price of gas is taking its toll on drivers nationally.  A majority — 55% — have changed their driving habits because of rising costs.  45% have not, and fewer than 1% are unsure.

There are regional differences.  Majorities in the Midwest — 61% — West — 57% — and South — 53% — have altered their driving practices.  In the Northeast, 48% have changed their habits while a slim majority — 52% — say they are hitting the road the same as always.

Older Americans — 59% — are more likely than younger residents — 49% — to have changed their driving practices because of the high price of gas.

Table: Cause of High Gas Prices
Table: Impact of Gas Prices on Driving Habits

McClatchy-Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. tony

    January 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    hi, this is the what i feel about high gas prices. most people r blaming the oil companies, but the oil companies r not totally to blame, im not taking up for the oil companies just telling it the way it is. the people r mostly to blame because they will pay these prices on gas and everything else no matter how high it goes. they r afraid they r going to lose those big homes or fine cars, they r not going to lose these things if they would stand up and get amercia back on track. the companies need us just as much as we need them. in this area where i live people travel alot when they don’t have too, they r not interested in a dam thing but their new trucks and big 3 bay garages. they will run around saying they don’t have money but it is coming from some where to afford the things they have. don’t even try to sell 1 of these assholes in my area anything they will start that stuff that they don’t have the money or would not be caught dead in it. what i mean by that is they will not ride a older vehicle , i would love to see some of them have to come down to that. as long as people pay these prices the companies r going to sock it to us all.

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  5. James Barone

    April 23, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    The oil companies are raping the entire world with these kind of prices and the small guys like me who is just trying to manage are being forced to give all pleasures in life. I cannot afford to keep gas in our 2 cars. $80+ dollars a week for both cars is killing us. I am unemployed programmer and my wife works a part time job. Something has to been done, wall street making profits on this and the oil companies are destroying our ecomomy. I will be watching and on the day I can vote, I will have a list of people who did not help VOTE against them! and I will be telling all to vote against them all. We should spend more money finding better resources here in the U.S and let them oil companies EAT there OIL!

  6. Dennis

    April 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    7% blame the GOP? Who are these idiots? The GOP only controls the House- exactly how can they have anything to do with gas prices? Obama and Dems have fought tooth-nail to stop any meaningful oil exploration.

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