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CBS Poll: What Americans Say About Gas Prices

Keep in mind that this poll was taken before the recent unrest in the Middle East.

Gas Prices

With the price of gasoline higher than it has been at any time over the past two years, 59 percent of Americans say that higher gas prices personally affect them a lot, while just 17 percent say higher gas prices don’t affect them much or at all.

Most Americans, 52 percent, say that recent gas price increases have caused financial hardship for their household, including 29 percent who say this financial hardship is serious. Even more Americans reported financial hardship when gas prices hit an all-time high in July 2008.

Not surprisingly, lower-income Americans are feeling the effects of higher gas prices far more than those with higher incomes. Nearly half of Americans making $30,000 a year or less say higher gas prices are causing serious financial hardship in their household, compared to just 13 percent of Americans making over $100,000 a year

This poll was conducted by telephone on February 11-14, 2011 among 1031 adults nationwide.

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