Mini Poll: Gas(p) Prices
Four dollar a gallon gasoline in St. Louis inspires an entire Mini-Poll-worth of questions, beginning with Why? and ending with What Next?
The answers are complicated. Analysts trace the causes of the most recent price bump from local gas stations to consumer fears to hedge funds to the halls of Congress to pipelines (and proposed pipelines) to tense relations in the Middle East. Solutions range from opening up the strategic reserves to spending Spring Break on your own front porch.
Commentators say that very expensive gasoline changes habits. Are the current prices changing any of yours? Are you driving less for errands and pleasure, considering a more efficient vehicle, or sleeping under your desk to avoid a lengthy commute?
Three quarters of the respondents surveyed by pollsters in the Super Tuesday states identified the rising price of gas as the most important factor in their vote. If prices continue to rise and voters continue to focus on them, we can expect most candidates in the August and November elections to be offering solutions (and pointing some fingers) between now and then.
Answer all the questions on this poll and we’ll let you re-charge your Volt at the campaign office.