Friday, May 16, 2008

Below is the latest poll from the Zogby group. Here's what I'm doing: cutting down on trips for work – where I use most of my gas – and looking to see if I could use the bus service on Mondays when I'm at the desk all day. What are you doing?

If my memory serves, one of the reasons Jimmy Carter was booted from office was due to the OPEC gas crisis and yet I seem to hear very little – the corporate media filter at work – about what the current presidential candidates are going to do about this crisis.

Our fragile economy – weakened by NAFTA and bled by corporate greed for short-term profits – isn't robust enough to tolerate rising energy costs.

Boy, I wish the electric cars were on the market.

"UTICA, New York— Record-breaking oil and gasoline prices are causing many Americans brace for even steeper hikes, with 87% who say they expect the nationwide average price for regular unleaded gasoline to hit $4 by Memorial Day, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

"This pessimism at the pump isn't just in the short term—nearly two thirds (62%) believe $5 per gallon gas will arrive sometime this summer and the vast majority of Americans (93%) say they are concerned about a potential rise in gasoline prices over the next year—67% say they are very concerned. As Americans spend more for every fill-up, those with the least to spend are the most worried—77% of those with less than $35,000 in household income say they are very concerned about the potential rise in gasoline prices over the next year. Gas-price anxiety might not be quite as strong among those from wealthier households, but even among those with more than $100,000 in household income, 60% say they are very concerned.

"Most also fear that the days of inexpensive fuel may be gone for good—66% are doubtful the nationwide average price for regular unleaded gasoline will ever again fall below $3 per gallon. The interactive survey of 7,815 adults nationwide was conducted May 6-9, 2008, and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.1 percentage points."

© 2008 by Gordon Michael Dobbs

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