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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Obama/Hillary 08

    I wonder if Joe Liberman is the one that is going to launches the new terror attack. Please stop scaring people for political reason. America, it is not true no terror attack in 2009. If there is one Joe Lieberman and the Republican Party is behind it.

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. CC

    Let see how many ways we can rape the American people says George W Bush. Using mind control to control our emotions
    this pathetic impotent jerk leaves a trail of misery like he did in Texas.
    So will John McCain too.

    July 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Bains, TX

    Tick tock...when he the Moron in Chief leaving.

    The 4th will be a lot happier when he's gone.

    Thanks Republicans for giving America THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY.

    July 2, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Anita from Arizona

    Yeah we're staying home, too. Can't even grill a few steaks this years, too expensive. It's beans and weinies. Happy Independence Day Everyone.

    July 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Adam

    The housing market slump may suck, but it is gas that is killing us all right now. Gas effects EVERYTHING from the price of eggs to airline tickets. You can't get backfill delivered any more without a "fuel surcharge" added in. Gas prices are what will push the economy into a deep recession or save us from it (if they drop and drop soon).

    July 2, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Dexter, KY

    Barack is looking better and better. For the first time in 15 years we will not be vacationing at our regular place. Gas is too expensive. I heard GW say things were improving because Americans are changing their habits. He's a moron–things are getting worse because Americans are changing their habits.

    The election can't come soon enough for me. I can't wait to vote for Barack Obama.

    July 2, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. sherry for Obama

    Thank you bush and cheney

    I will be watching my fireworks from the front porch

    Good riddance to you both you have made your nest egg profitable before you leave the white house.

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. 1paperclip

    Japan phone company pulls 'monkey' ad that hints at Obama
    That article was too funny. Just goes to show you how super sensitive everyone is regarding blacks. It would be nice if only everyone was so sensitive regarding portraying typical white women. We were portrayed as being racist and that was not right to do either.

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. John B. From New Hampshire

    ref to joshua's comment: obama will raise gas taxes. Where are you getting this info, or are you merely just guessing?!?!?!?! unsubstantiated comments like this are a major reason why PUMA PAC exists. Let's get real, stick with the facts, and fix the problem!!!

    OBAMA '08

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. s katz

    If you have to drive, some tips to save gas.

    Plan your route in advance. Sometimes it's better to travel slight monger distances if you can keep moving rather than stop and go, which really sucks up gas. Leave early so you don't have to race, and leave early enough to avoid congested roads.

    Ensure your tires are inflated properly. Underinflated tires are a hazard as they are more likely to overheat, and that heat by way of friction is eating up your gasoline.

    Take it easy on the accelerator. Pretend there's an egg under there, upshift as soon as possible, and don't tailgate, leave plenty of space in front of you to eliminate the need to slam on the brakes.

    July 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Rayne, IO


    Happy 4th–NOT.

    July 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Texans for Obama

    Thanks to Bush and company. We may all be staying home for many holidays to come. Go Obama. You will win this election by a landslide. Yes you will

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Buster, NC

    The thief in the White House stole our Constitution and our way of life. He is a lying scumbag who does not care about the American people or America.

    Happy 4th? I think not.

    July 2, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Mary

    I'll be praying for the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan this 4th of July. Don't celebrate one thing until you honor them.

    July 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Shawn T

    Independent Voter:

    The so called economic stimulus package (read 'rebate check) actually DID help the economy. It DID drive up overall sales for the new quarter which cuased our consumer based economy to fare (slightly) better than intial predictions. W's fluke worked, thank God.

    July 2, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Happy 4th?

    What can you expect from a man who never had to pay for anything in his whole life. Daddy gave him everything and now he has taken away our freedoms. It's so, so sad. This man is a traitor to the country. Thanks GW for nothing, you moron.

    July 2, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Loretta from California

    @ gotcha

    Greed!!!! It's always been about the greedy oil companies. The Saudi Royal family has increased supply, it hasn't done a bit of good, and I don't expect that it ever will.

    I think I'll just sit back, have a BBQ , and enjoy being with my family on the 4th.

    July 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    July 2, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. William Ayers

    Remember, gas was around $2 a gallon when Pelosi and friends came to power in Congress. Obama has said that he doesn't mind high gas prices, he just wanted a more gradual increase, what say you Obamanation? At least Bush and Mccain are OPEN to the idea of offshore drilling while exploring other possibilities.

    Nevermind, blame Bush for everything.

    July 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Michele Hussein, Oregon

    Dear Independent Voter: The stimulus checks far outweigh the amount anyone would have received from a "gas tax holiday". Obama supports a second round to help people just like yourself.

    There is no quick change fix. Be patient, we are all in this together and will be better off with Obama in the White House.

    Happy 4th to everyone! We have so much to be thankful for in spite of the hardships.

    July 2, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Blood For Oil

    First GW stole the 2000 election, and now he stole our way of life. The circle is complete, the oil men have won.

    July 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. CIE

    Blame thr Repub's...that is all you can think of. How about the Dem congress in the last two years when oil prices doubled and gas prices went thru the roof. What have they done on energy....NOTHING....

    Good old Charlie Shummer's words of wisdom "blame it on opec". Congress will never make the tough choices as all they care about is saving their cushy jobs.

    July 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. It takes sound judgement, not experience

    Thanks Repuglicans!! You guys are great! Happy Independence day!

    July 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Happy 4 Dollar Gas Prices

    Let's see, GW is great with 4s.

    $4.00 plus a gallon for gasoline
    4 thousand plus soldiers dead
    4 plus 4 years of his miserable presidency

    Happy 4th? I think not.

    July 2, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. MLG

    We can thank our CONGRESS for not letting us drill. They are the ones to blame. They say NO to everything because they do not care. That's why I'm voting McCain 08

    July 2, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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