September 12th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
6 years ago

Gas prices – voters' No. 1 concern

Voters are focused on the continuing pain at the pump.
Voters are focused on the continuing pain at the pump.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – The high price of gasoline is voters' top economic concern, according to a poll released Friday.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll found that 35% said price of gasoline was their highest concern. That was followed by availability of good jobs (28%), high taxes (18%) and mortgages or home values (18%).

The poll was taken on Sept. 5-7 and surveyed 1,022 adults. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.

While energy concerns led the list, the percentage of respondents who said that high gas prices were causing them "financial hardship" fell to 63% from 75% in July.

Indeed, gas was selling at $3.67 on Friday – more than 80 cents higher than it was a year ago – but 40 cents below its high point in July.

Commodity investors have been worried that the high price of gasoline and other petroleum-derived fuels have been cutting into demand.

Volatile gas prices ticked upward Friday as Hurricane Ike threatened the north Texas coast


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soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. ENOUGH ALREADY

    Where I live gas was $1.12 the day Bush was sworn in. Bush Cheney and Condi Rice are all former oil industry executives or board members. Go figure.

    The GOP had its run. Time for change – Obama-Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. how

    THANK YOU FOR THIS INFOMRATION.....T.O, New York, NY September 12th, 2008 1:22 pm ET.

    I WILL FORWARD TO EVERYONE I KNOW BY EMAIL AND TEXT, AND REQUEST THEY KEEP IT GOING...............SO WHEN THIS LIE ABOUT OBAMA RAISING TAXES IS REPEATED AGAIN, THE VOTERS WILL SEE WHO IS THE REAL LIER.......

    September 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Cyrus K.

    Rick:
    "Economic justice" is a term frequently used by Obama.

    "Economic justice" simply means punishing the successful and redistributing their wealth by government fiat. It's a euphemism for socialism.
    ------

    Rick, you neither understand the concept of "economic justice", nor do you know anything about "socialism". So, just shut up and read a book or two.

    Economic justice is about creating equal opportunity for everyone in the economy. It is not a redistributive idea. It is about making a "Free Market" truly FREE.

    I am soooo allergic to idiots like you. I wish there was a pill.

    September 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    HEy folks do any of you Remember 2000 when Carl Rove convinced
    you idiots to vote for Bush, lookat the eight years of hell we have now

    September 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. lawyer pants

    Gas has risen from $3.59 to $4.15 in the past 12 hours in Blytheville, Arkansas; and is $4.59 in Osceola, Arkansas (northeast corner just below Missouri Bootheel).

    September 12, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Doug R.

    When Bill Clinton was President, gas was $2/ gallon. Under this Supreme Court appointed Preasident, gas prices have more than doubled. I've been hearing about becoming less dependent on (foreign) oil and alternative energy sources since I was in 4th grade.
    I blame Bush/ Cheney and the imbeciles in the Republican party for this. John McCain is tied into big oil as well. He won't do a thing about it. All he knows how to do is lie to us.

    September 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Randy

    In Response to Gracie, while you are clearly going out of your way to talk about Palin and travel expenses at the bottom of an article about gas prices. Don't you have a blog on Huffington Post where fellow liberal wackoos can talk about this nonsense.

    And further you have to be smarter than that to say that her plane and per diem expenses were charged to the American people. She is the Governor of Alaska and her charges would be charged to state of Alaska. And the last time I looked she has an 80% approval rating, which means they don't seam to mind. Maybe they appreciate her running a fiscally sound government and don't mind a $60 charge every now and then.

    So just get your facts straight before writing, it says something about you. And maybe stick to the HuffingtonPost, you'll get a warm reception there, there are many like minded people there.

    September 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »HURRAH for the GREAT man John McCain!HURRAH for the WONDERFUL Sarah Palin!HURRAH for AMERICA!All right.

    September 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Josh

    McCain has NEVER said the ONLY answer is to drill more. You people are either stupid or liars.

    Drill here, drill now so that we are not held hostage by OPEC. AT THE SAME TIME, develop alternate energy sources–THAT is the plan McCain/Palin has promoted. You people are so blinded by Bush-hate that you would tather continue to pay $4/gallon than elect a McCain. Wake up.

    September 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. hello

    To all Jewish voters please make no mistake Israel is close ally of USA and Barak Obama will defend as vigorously as John McCain if Israel is attack by Iran.
    don't put this republican ticket in white house because of Mr. Lieberman.

    September 12, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. IAMWMD

    Cosmos, Sarah couldn't even win her beauty pageant in Alaska but she will be very useful in changing McCain's grown up diapers if she can get him from underneath her skirt tail. From last night's interview it seems thats the only real experience she has.

    The repugs do run a great "Soap Opera": campaign though.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Victoria Anderson - Seattle, Washington

    Forget Sarah, Sarahs interview was a waste just like her same boring speeches.....
    IKE is a huge hurricane that's scary. The waves flowing over Galvaston Beach is crazy. I'm watching The View and the ladies are letting McCain have it......

    September 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. MB

    I had a second thought. What are these "alternative fuels" for automobiles everyone is talking about. Even if/or when we devise a car for natural gas, hydrogen, water etc, how long will it take to design it, build it, build the plant, supply the work force, and get it to market? Of course then there's those pesky little things like availability of the fuel, service stations, refining, sub-structure, infrastructure and overhead cost.

    It's one thing to have a great idea, but until you have the means of turning a great idea into a plan don't tout it as "the solution". Until it comes to fruition, it's still just a great idea.

    September 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Fed UP

    Pelosi and the Dems are still strangled by the GOP, and the idiot in the white house. Not enough of a majority to get anything done with Bushie vetoing every 'common sense' measure they send up.

    How many times in the last year did we hear of a bill where "Bush already plans to veto..."

    Bi-partisan cooperation...not if you're the GOP.

    September 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »McCain and Palin=What a GREAT,FASCINATING,WONDERFUL Presidential ticket/team.»This is the way...in USA. Yes.

    September 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    That's income tax T.O. How about all those other Obama tax increases? And oh yeah, those people making less than 38K. THEY DON"T PAY TAXES! THAT"S CALLED A HAND OUT!!

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    150 votes of present in his short time in the senate.
    -----------–

    Genius, the "present" votes were from his time in the Ill. legislature, and they have a legitimate role in that body.

    Get your talking points right. What would Rush think?

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. Raymond Duke

    Cnn tired of wasting my time on your bloggs . I notice that all or 99% of the for Obama bloggs get posted and the ones slamming McCain and Palin. Anything that criicizes Obama does not even make it or they or never took when submitted . I use to watch CNN all the time and do some blogging on your sites but no more. You at CNN are going to end up like that joke news network Msnbc. You are well down the road.

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Hank

    McSame and Pailin are loosers.

    They distracct from real issues and lie.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Tom in S.A.

    Eric 12:53,
    I guess you must be smarter than the majority of the country since the majority want us to drill. If I'm an idiot your an embesel for thinking it would take until 2030 to get the oil, just because you can read something an environmentalist would write doesn't mean it's true but if you read it it must be. I guess in 2030 maybe you'll be looking back going Tom wasn't such idiot since we'll still be using oil then. Unless the great Eric gets out there and invents something else.

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. THE COSMOS ROCKS

    »Governor Palin!Sarah Palin!Palin!Palin!»I LOVE YOU! Yes.

    September 12, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Palin is a Bridge to Nowhere

    Cosmos Rocks

    Want to explain what the Bush Doctrine is again?

    If the qualities that decide your vote are "beauty,charisma,charm"
    Then you will get the government that you deserve. Palin came across as a dolt in the much hyped ABC interview – perhaps that is the reason no one is talking about it

    September 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    WHY NOTHING ABOUT PALIN'S FLOP? AND HOW SHE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HOW SHE SAT THERE LOOKING LIKE A DEER CAUGHT IN THE HEADLIGHTS WHEN ASKED ABOUT BUSH'S DOCTRINE?

    DON'T WANT TO TOUCH THAT DO YA? AND McSAHME UPSET ABOUT OBAMA'S NEW AD, HE SAYS OBAMA'S CALLING HIM OLD, WELL HECK HE IS! THAT'S LIKE THE BOOGIEMAN JUMPING OUT OF THE CLOSET AND GETTING MAD CAUSE I SCREAM AND SAY HE'S SCARY. IN OTHER WORDS IT IS WHAT IT IS!

    JOHN McSHAME YOU ARE OLD! AND OUT OF TOUCH! SARAH PALIN IS VERY MUCH A LIAR, NOW IF YOU GOT A PROBLEM WITH THAT DISPUTE IT WITH FACTCHECK.ORG THEY SAY YOU ARE A LIAR TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE POST

    September 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. tony

    OBAMA-REID & PELOSI–
    Did you realize that the economy tanked in the last 2 years-Ever since the DEMS got ahold of it again–!!
    Mrs. Pelosi and her 9% Approval Congress are the ones to blame-
    Bush doesn't make legislation to correct problems-
    The Dems are too busy stuffing pork in these packages-
    The real voters and the ones who know will make sure the correct man gets into the WHITE HOUSE-
    Where's Michelle-these days-
    I quess too much of a liability or she would have accompanied her husband at Ground Zero-
    It must be a "mean " Country-LOL
    It's over so early–
    McCain / Palin -Easy Win–
    Because it order for the Dems to have a chance-Historically–They should be up by 15% or better by Labor Day-
    There Down–!! WOW

    September 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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