July 2nd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Change of plans for July 4 – gas too pricey

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.fireworks.gi.jpg caption="A new poll suggests Americans are staying home this July 4. "]NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Many Americans will watch fireworks at home instead of hitting the road this July 4, according to a new poll released Wednesday, as record gasoline prices force people to make major changes in their daily lives.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research poll, 31% of Americans have canceled or shortened their planned holiday weekend vacation because of the recent increase in the price of gas.

"When consumers talk about their thinning wallets, high fuel expenses is the reason they would point to first," said Wachovia economist Tim Quinlan.

The average price of a gallon of gas rose to an all-time high above $4.09 a gallon Wednesday, according to a survey from motorist group AAA. Gas prices are now about 3% higher than last month and 38.5% higher than year-ago levels.

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  1. TESAP

    Exactly, and who can we thank for our gas prices, the Republicraps and the people that voted them in... NEWSFLASH... when you put two oil men togther BUSH&CHENEY what do you get.................... HIGH OIL PRICES..... PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE, THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY OUT AND THE HIGHER GAS PRICES WILL HELP PAY FOR THEIR RETIREMENT..................................... 🙂

    July 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Joshua

    America is suffering, and Obama wants to raise gas taxes.


    July 2, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. saga4obama

    gas prices are becoming an issue of National Security. while Bush and his cronies are pointing their fingers and shrubbing their shoulders Americans are suffering, yes this also has a global impact as well with fuel prices increasing food prices.
    i find it interesting though that EXXON and other oil companies have gotten no bid contracts in Iraq...war on terror?
    who are the real terrorist? well, the answer might lead to the WH...i am terrorfied every time i fill up my tank.
    may be the big oil lobbyist who are fueling the McCain campaign can offer some help...

    July 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Independent Voter

    Quick. Check in BO – no doubt he has a brand new PROGRAM for this, too! He turned up his unfortunate nose to idea of knocking off the federal tax just for the summer, so he surely has a quick fix CHANGE we can all

    You all were only to happy to get your Quick Fix checks for $600 to $1,200 and more. Talk about a waste of money on showmanship! We didn't hear a peep from BO about that one. A lot more money for a lot less CHANGE. Real solutions on this will be years in the making.

    The irony is that, had the feds dropped the tax, states would have followed, and just a few months of hardly any tax would have kept a miliion small business truckers out of bankruptcy. A chance to raise prices, to renegotiate contracts. Thousands of jobs that had a chance of being saved.

    But who cares about truckers-just give them another copy of the bible and a gun, and they're all set, right, BO?

    July 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Levar HUSSIEN Patterson

    Heeeey...... I like gas prices the way there are now!!!!!! ThAT IS WHY I am voting for John McSame!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. AA

    the gas prices are high because as usual the republicans use this to control the emotions (ie: mind control) during the elections. It is an old
    gimmick that is getting older. Like George Bush said "lets think of all the ways we can hurt the American people", like all the people he excuted in Texas, he is making us all suffer. As will John McCain also if he takes office.

    July 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Lynn

    All of my family summer plans have been cancelled. With gas prices, food prices, utilities prices on the rise its becoming harder to make a living. I know some families who are just surviving.

    July 2, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Abby

    We are all feeling the pain and will make use the republicans feel the pain come November.

    July 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. DD, New York

    I have a thought that somehow these rising (outrageous) gas prices are related to and are a prelude to a HUGE conflict with Iran. Has anybody else thought that?

    July 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    We can't even think about a vacation, we're trying to make it to work. Thanks GWB for continuing to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. And john mcsame, thanks for backing him up with your votes (95% of the time), continuing on this course and keeping us regular folk down.

    July 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. bridgette

    Look, America has changed and the reality of it is we have to adjust to this mess that the Republicans have gotten us into. Gas prices on down maybe it will force us to take stock in ourselves at buying all of these unnecessary nonsense that we didn't need. Who knows we may actually start back sitting down and eating dinner and watching television as a family again.

    July 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. scotty

    This is whaat they said on Memorial weekend also and I must say going up North I had never seen so many Large Campers hauling boats hauling there cars. they looked like parade floats. Have a great 4th

    July 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Sue in MI

    I have an idea-drop 10 minutes from each fireworks program and save everyone a bunch of money!

    July 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Upon Further Review,Texas

    More toxic fumes to breath,as we celebrate the criminals we have in office now.

    July 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Generation X

    Thank you Bush....I needed more family time. LOL

    July 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Sweetie

    Gas is too high just to get back and forth from work!

    I know I'm not alone in almost reaching the point when I will become bankrupt!

    We need some relief NOW!

    McCain 08

    July 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. John McCain

    Why does the American public trust my wife, who looks like satan, more then Michelle Obama? Easy, because they are racist, ignorant, and stupid. Any other questions?

    July 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Franky

    All I wanna say is that ALL states should legalize fireworks! Is bogus that some of our most beloved and cherished states can't blow fireworks!! I demand a re-count!!

    And by the way, we've been blowing fireworks here since who knows.

    I demand a re-count!! The states deserve their Independence, by the people and for the people...

    July 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Manny

    Well....we know who will be watching the fireworks from his balcony–George W. Bush. He's the moron who got us in this mess and those millions of people who voted for him were morons, too.

    This will be the first 4th of July where gas prices are over 4 dollars. Happy 4th!

    July 2, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. vjh

    Paid $4.44 for midgrade just yesterday: $64.70 total – OUCH !

    July 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. gotcha

    I dont understand. There are fewer people on the highways, almost half as many, and the gas price is said to be about supply and demand. Seems there is less demand, what is the excuse now?

    July 2, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Felines for Freedom

    Maybe people should also stop sending their money up in smoke. I like fireworks as much as the next person, but there is no way I could justify buying them in this economy. It truly is burning your money.

    July 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. mitchell hussein martin

    as a show of protest,i will be staying home,too.on independence day,i refuse to give one red cent to big oil companies who are selling oil,diluted with the blood of our soldiers in iraq,while we celebrate our notion of freedom,that has become severely restricted ,due to the policies of the current administration.

    July 2, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    It took 90+ years for oil to get to $28/barrel, including two years into "Jet-Pilot's" first term, and in the last 5 years it's gone up over $100/barrel?!?!?!?!?!

    When an increase was attempted on Clinton's watch, he did something this administration would never think of doing – he called the involved parties together and talked!

    Result – Clinton negotiated a $2/barrel decrese from $30/barrel to $28/barrel and opened the reserves.

    Bush is alleged to be an oilman; of course, the first in history to be handed an oil-rich field, and he couldn't find any oil!

    July 2, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Nellie, SC

    We'll have a better 4th of July next year with President Obama.

    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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