November 6th, 2007
12:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Gas prices, economy may be next big '08 issue

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As gas prices hit $3 a gallon, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll shows high gas prices are hurting a majority of Americans.

The new poll results may be an indication of what Americans will focus on for the 2008 presidential election.

Sixty three percent of Americans say the high gas prices are a hardship for their families with 37 percent saying it is not

“What we saw yesterday is the economy has jumped to the top of the list of most important problems, beating Iraq by a point,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Clearly gas prices have a great deal to do with that.”

The poll was conducted on November 2 -4 and included 1,024 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Polls
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Les, Boston, MA ~ BTW, most of double-digit inflation in the Carter years was caused by the highest real prices for gas since... hmm...this year.

    November 7, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    It is world-wide demand that is driving the cost of oil, stupid. Factor in Bush beating the war drums with regards to Iran drives the cost up even more. Who benefits? Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and any other country that pumps oil (including ours). But mainly it is increasing demand from China and India.

    Americans need to wake up and stop thinking it is some conspiracy that is driving up the cost of gas. You are wasting everyones time with that kind of talk. Buy a smaller car! And demand better public transit from our local politicians. Cheap gas is never going to come back.

    I drive a mile to work. I use maybe 10 gallons of gas a week. I try to walk as much as possible and I run my weekend errands at the same time. My husband car pools to his van pool. We both drive fuel efficient cars. Our next car purchase will be a fuel effient diesel. Anyone who drives a SUV and complains about the cost deserves exactly what he/she gets (pays). Families that have teenagers and a car for everyone should become a thing of the past.

    Just think if everyone started driving fuel efficient cars (preferably diesel) demand would be decreased quite abit. It would also stop so much money from going to Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and so on.

    November 7, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Think $3 a gallon is pricey??

    Let Hillary's European Socialism reign down and we can enjoy the European price for gas: $8/ gallon.

    Oil Companies shout as one: Viva La Hillary!!!

    November 7, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  4. Les, Boston, MA

    Raymond, El Paso TX.

    Let me get this straight. Carter gets a free ride, but Bush is to blame for high fuel costs? Sounds rational to me. Bye, enjoy the cool aid from MSNBC.

    November 8, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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