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

Gas prices – voters' No. 1 concern

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Voters are focused on the continuing pain at the pump."]
NEW YORK ( - 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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  1. NoMcSame

    CNN is in the tank for McSame. Afraid of Palin? Even to report the truth that she is a BOLD FACE LIAR and so is McSame. The Huffingtonpost is the only one that reports the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. She BOMBED last night on some major questions and CNN has nothing to say. CNN=FOX one in the same for John McSame. What a shame. REPORT THE NEWS SO THAT THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE CNN. STOP ACTING LIKE A SMALL TIME fox.

    September 12, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Blake

    Boone Pickens baby!

    Oh yeah Obama has some great plans as well.

    McCain, well lets just say this scandal in Denver brings new meaning to DRILL BABY DRILL!

    September 12, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    Like it or not, once again "It's the economy, Stupid". Are you listening McCain?

    September 12, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    The government has been and will continue to gradually lower it as the election draws near to help the mccain campaign since they and the OIL companies have made their billions in profits. It's the truth and we all know it. They know how to work the american people. Aren't we tired of being manipulated by the Rethuglicans?

    September 12, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Veteran in Kansas

    With reports of panic buying in some parts of the nation, I would like to remind people that there is no reason to panic buy fuel. Panic buying is what will cause isolated shortages and price gouging by "honest" buissnessmen. Do you recall the afternoon of 911 and the utter stupidity of people. Just go about your buissness as normal and stop acting stupid.

    September 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. John, FL

    McCain can't fix it.

    September 12, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    We need to allow more drilling and that will help reduce the price of gas. We also need to explore and fully fund alternative energy sources for our great country.

    God will provide we just need to discover. We need to knock on the door and he will open it for us.

    I don't trust Obama with our country. He is risky and it would be a roll of the dice with him in charge.

    Would you take your life savings and go to Vegas? I don't think so. Let's stick with McCain who will protect our great nation and our values.

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. lol election

    gas prices are up now because Texas is about to become the next neworleans.

    If anything, they will drop come October and November for election year and they'll drop 20 cents.

    It happened in 2006 and 2004 whenever a major election is up.

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    How can we depend on drilling when a hurricane threatens the gulf?

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Spencer from VA

    Gas prices are a top concern. I think it's crooked that gas went up 20 cents in Texas right before Hurricane Ike arrived. But I believe all of our woes are due to being tied up in Iraq. We are spending 10 billion dollars a month there. GET OUT OF IRAQ. I could not agree with Sen. Obama anymore. America's infrastructure is crumbling! A school in Georgia(U.S.) lost it's accredidation. What's up with that? McCain is more of the same. Barack is the agent of change.

    September 12, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    From NBC's Mark Murray
    Planned Parenthood, which has endorsed Obama, will begin airing today an aggressive new TV ad to counter the McCain campaign's earlier sex-ed hit on Obama, which charged that the Illinois senator's sole accomplishment in education was legislation teaching "'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners."

    September 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Paizley

    The younger generation will hand this election to Obama. Ignore the polls, because they have ignored us!

    September 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. sophia nyc


    This voter's greatest concern is to not repeat the past 8 years of "leadership."

    September 12, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Elizabeth in Texas

    The answer is not more drilling. We would need to more than double the amount of refineries we have now in order for more drilling to really take effect on our gas prices.

    We need to invest in natural resources because you can drill but then what if that runs dry?

    We cannot afford to not use the technology we have just because some oil lobbyist or "speculators" don't want it that way.

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Rich in Seattle

    Then we should leave the Republicans in charge, they have shown how they can keep gas prices dowwwwnnnnnn...... oh yeah, NOT!

    America, we can't afford to make the same mistake a THIRD time! What more do they need to do to show we need a change in Washington. And not just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    September 12, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. alpha

    mcpalin are using the same old bush mentality to distract voters' minds that going to war with iran,russia and afganistan should be the most priority in this election.
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. PA Independent

    CNNMoney – gas up $.20 in anticipation of Ike.

    Would somebody please tell me again how the US will have energy "Security" as soon as we drill offshore in Hurricane Central and Earthquake Alley? Seems a bit insecure to me – every natural disaster comes gift-wrapped with a complimentary spike in fuel prices and interruption in supply. Like the disaster itself isn't bad enough.

    Next option, please!

    September 12, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Use less oil!

    This is not a time to drill for more oil – it is a time for sacrifice. Americans used to understand this, like in the 1940s when common citizens saved scrap metal to be used for the war effort.

    The answer to reducing prices is to reduce demand, and to do that, we must use less oil. There are so many ways to use less oil, and a nice side effect will be new jobs for Americans that can't e shipped overseas.

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Dryden

    Sorry, we tried to DRILL on McIdiot & McLiar.
    Nothing came out from these dumb heads.
    Alaska & Arizona. – A dumbs- Dummies for GAS. Full of GAS.
    (you know what I mean)

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Tom in S.A.

    Don't vote Dem if you want prices to drop. We need to drill more here, just the threat of us drilling has brought down prices even if it's going to take years to get the drilling started. If the Dems have control they won't listen to what the majority of the country wants, just what they want. I thought they worked for us and if 70% of the country wants more drilling then there shouldn't even have to be a debate on this. Do your job and do what the U.S. people want and do it now.

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. GRACIE


    In separate filings, the state was billed about $25,000 for Palin's daughters' and her husband's travel flights expenses.

    Palin's daughter's topped the list for the most expensive items, and the daughter whose bill was the highest are as follows:

    1. Piper, 7, whose flights cost nearly $11,000
    2. Willow, 14, claimed about $6,000
    3. Bristol, 17, accounted for about $3,400
    4. Palin's HUSBAND, accounted for about $19,000

    This is the cost YOU, the taxpayers are paying for. Thanks to the Palin Family. This does NOT include all other "Per Diem" charges the Palin family has been charging the American Voters. Gov. Palin herself charged YOU, the taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her OWN HOME during the first 19 months of being in office! 19 MONTHS!!! YOU are paying for Gov. Palin to stay in her own home! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Gov. Palin also moved her entire family to capital for the entire Legislative Session last year, but she preferred to stay in Wasilla and drove 45 miles to Anchorage to the State Capital Buildings. DOES this make any sense to you?

    One event was in New York City in October 2007, when Bristol accompanied the governor to Newsweek's third annual Women and Leadership Conference, toured the New York Stock Exchange and met local officials and business executives. The state paid for three nights in a $707-a-day hotel room. Garnero said the governor's office has the authority to approve hotel stays above $300.

    Asked Monday about the official policy on charging for children's travel expenses, Garnero said: "We cover the expenses of anyone who's conducting state business. I can't imagine kids could be doing that." WHEN does Gov. Palin's children constitue "Official State Business"??? When?

    The Palin Family has behaved in such a dishonorable manner. It's so clear that the Governor's Office has been nothing but their PRIVATE BANK and TRAVEL AGENCY for them to splurge at the Taxpayers expense.

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Don't worry folks! McCain will keep us dependent on NON-RENEWABLE resources for as long as possible.

    I mean, yeah let's poke holes all over searching for oil. Sure it won't lower prices any... and sure it's only prolonging the inevitable. Sure we're going to run out of these NON-RENEWABLE resources like oil and natural gas... but let's let our grandchildren worry about that.

    Obama / Biden : True Energy Independence.

    McCain / Palin : More of doing everything for gas and oil companies.

    September 12, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. GARedNeck

    September 12th, 2008 6:45 am ET
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    Hopefully Democratic politicans will be able to correct any damage they caused by not standing up to the Bush White House in the past. Hopefully American voters will come to their senses and vote to keep another GOP puppet out of the White House, thus allowing both houses of Congress to correct the damage done to America while Bush and his GOP terrorist organization tried to destroy this country: something no outside terrorist organization has been able to do.

    We have to break this cycle of elected officials who apparently want to destroy the fabric of our government from within: the government that our forefathers created. If the government doesn't care for the citizens what good is it?

    I'm not impressed with a president who is mostly interested in deploying our troops overseas to save a people from themselves. I'm more impressed with a president who will take the necessary actions to ensure that the government is looking out for the welfare of American citizens – using every tax dollar it has to satisfy every American's basic needs before we take on the problems of the rest of the world. This is the purpose of the government.

    No one is forced to remain in a country that they hate. If you want anarchy and the "Wild West" atmosphere which the GOP seems to desire, I'm sure there is some place for you, but not the USA!

    September 12, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. MIKE

    i hope we have a real change and no copycat
    not more of same or piracy

    No originality

    September 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. S. Boatman

    The Issues Are The Main Concern For Voters! The Republicans Dont Want To Talk About Issues Because They Dont Have Any Solutions! War Doesnt Solve Our Problems It Only Adds To Them! Mccain And Palin Will Only Continue The Wars And Therefore Continue This Nations Problems! She Would Implement The Bush Doctrine Without Even Knowing What It Is!

    September 12, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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