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Reuters: Nobody Cares About Rising Gas Prices

From Reuters:

Rising gas prices not a big concern for voters

By John Whitesides | Wed August 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as President Barack Obama considers using U.S. oil stockpiles to halt rising gasoline costs in an election year, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday shows economic pain at the pump is not a big concern for voters.

Fuel and gas prices ranked last among 10 factors that influence voters in evaluating Obama’s job performance and the country’s direction, the poll found. Healthcare, the economy and jobs top the list, with gas prices also lagging behind foreign policy, immigration and education.

"Gas prices, relative to the rest of this stuff, are much less important," Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said.

Isn’t that handy? Gosh, the Obama campaign is lucky. We seem to remember that rising gas prices caused President Bush no end of problems. Even though the prices were no where near as high as they are today.

But, back then, we didn’t have the news media telling us that $4 a gallon gasoline isn’t so expensive after all. Or that higher gas prices is good for the stock market.

"People talk a lot about how gas prices drive attitudes, but it doesn’t seem to have a lot of impact either on Obama’s job approval or how people see the country going," he said. "People seem to see gas prices as a separate issue the government doesn’t have as much control over." …

Isn’t it funny how people now see every problem the country currently faces as something "the government doesn’t have much control over"? The price of gas, the price of food, the lousy housing market, the high rate of unemployment.

Isn’t it odd how much things have changed in just four years?

Worried about high prices, the White House is considering a release of oil reserves from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Reuters reported last week…

Which is a very costly thing to do, since taxpayers will have to shell out to replace those supplies at the new higher prices. But if it helps Obama get re-elected, it will be worth it.

By the way, can you imagine the uproar of George Bush had released oil reserves to lower the price of gas in time for his re-election? But Reuters buries this news near the bottom of their article.

Even if Romney takes up the issue, voters might not be receptive. The Ipsos poll, taken online between July 1 and August 17, found healthcare and the economy were nearly twice as important to voters as gas prices when they considered Obama’s job performance and whether the country was on the right track.

For 26 percent of the poll’s respondents, gas prices were a factor in their view of Obama’s job performance. Healthcare was a factor in his approval rating for 55 percent of the public, and jobs were a factor for 44 percent.

"People really do seem to understand how little control the president has over the price of gasoline," Jackson said. "While people may be upset about the price of gas, they realize it may not be something they can blame Obama for directly," he said.

The price of gasoline has gone up by more than 100% since Obama has been in office. Of course his energy policies have had absolutely nothing to do with that.

Jackson said gas prices could have an impact on the election "at the margins, and since the election is so close even marginal things might end up being important, but it’s not one of the major factors." …

So Romney better not bring it up. It would just be a waste of time and money. Reuters is just trying to look out for him.

But isn’t it funny? The Democrats hammered George Bush in the 2006 midterms over the price of gas. And none of the pollsters told them it was a waste of time. And they even went on to win control of the Congress despite talking about the price of gas.

The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online poll is measured using a credibility interval. This poll of more than 12,000 Americans had a credibility interval of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.

We won’t even say what Reuters’ credibility interval is.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Reuters: Nobody Cares About Rising Gas Prices”

  1. seattlesnow says:

    why do I care, I take the bus

  2. Right of the People says:

    Any lie to help the Ohole.

    High gas prices affect EVERYTHING!

    When gas or diesel costs more the added cost of transporting food and other goods goes up so the retailers have to raise their prices to cover the additional costs.

    It’s basic economics of course the libtards just don’t get it since the electricity that runs their Chevy Volt is free.

    • seattlesnow says:

      you’ll adjust, I did and so can you

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      But why do you care? You take the bus. Or, did you completely forget what you just wrote in the previous post?

      It’s one thing to be a blog troll. It’s quite another to be oblivious to the cacophony of noise and obtuse rebukes you posit or stipulate. No words to substantiate your position, no remuneration to pay-in-full your statements to make them pay off in a satisfactory way with a legitimate supposition with persuasive, logical points to make. Nope. Just bland statements that mean nothing, lacking in proper punctuation and syntax.

      Trolls. Easy to spot.

    • mr_bill says:

      seattlesnow, we should all just bend over and take another one in the kiester from Emperor nerobama? You might like that kind of treatment, but the rest of us have had enough subjugation from the nimrod in charge. It’s that sort of attitude that caused WWII. Neville Chamberlain said the same things you’re saying now, “well adjust.” Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand. I’m not selling my car and riding the bus, I enjoy the freedom to go anywhere I please whenever I please. Enjoy your bus ride and lack of ambition.

  3. untrainable says:

    seattlesnow… The point is not whether we can adjust if we need to. Americans are the most resourceful people on Earth. The point is that we shouldn’t have to adjust. We shouldn’t have to depend on other countries for energy. We should be using the energy supply that is already here. What you refuse to see is that the policies of this regime are driving, both directly and indirectly, the increase in the cost of energy, which in turn drives the increase in the cost of everything else..

    You don’t care? How about when gas is $4/gal… $5/gal… $10/gal (your bus tickets will get more expensive too). Will you care then? How about when your electric bill “necessarily skyrockets” to triple or quadrouple what you pay now? Will you care then? How about when the cost of food goes beyond your adjustable budget? How about when you need a wheelbarrow to carry enough cash to buy a loaf of bread, and the stores stop taking food stamps? Will you care then? At what point would YOU say enough is enough?

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Libs love to say gas is cheaper than a gallon of milk. When was the last time you bought 21 gallons of milk?

    – Larry the Cable Guy

    • JohnMG says:

      Yep. It’s also cheaper than a gallon of beer…..or vodka. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to start drinking it. On the other hand…….Molotov cocktails, anyone?

  5. Anonymoose says:

    I’ve always driven an economy car; in 1999 a full tank cost me about $12. Now it’s costing me closer to $37 and going up fast. Between that and the increasing food costs I’ve had some scary months this past year trying to keep it all together. But I guess we’ll just need to “adjust.” Under Bush $2 something gas was an unmitigated and a drain on the economy and all the Republican’s fault. Today with it nearly twice as much….fact of life, just need to live with it, can’t blame Obama, take the bus. Uh-Huh.

  6. mr_bill says:

    I remember when GWB was in office and oil prices increased. We had Congressional hearings, we had to listen to every half-wit democrat tell us that Bush was raising the price of oil so Haliburton could profit. The littany of ridiculous claptrap coming from the left was deafening. They wanted answers!! It turned out to be a combination of dollar depreciation and increased demand from China. The market adjusted and production increased with new drilling technology. The price fell.

    Now, we have quite a different scenario. We have a president who uses the EPA to “crucify” oil and gas companies. We have a president who says that under his plan, energy prices would necessarily skyrocket. We have a president who says that he doesn’t mind high gasoline prices, he just doesn’t like them to increase so fast that people notice. We have a president who unilaterally imposes drilling bans in defiance of the courts. This regime is conducting an unending assault on our ability to fuel our cars, produce our energy, and inexpensively transport goods, and we have yet to hear a peep from Congress. This regime’s policies are exactly the reason gasoline is more expensive now than it was 5 yerars ago when the price per barrel of oil was $60 higher. What happened to all that rage from just a couple years ago when a Republican was President?

    I guarantee people notice the cost of gasoline and I guarantee they care. People also know exactly why gasoline prices are high: Emperor nerobama hates gasoline. He wants gasoline to be so expensive that we’ll all decide to drive a Chevy Dolt, because that runs on unicorn farts, fairy dust, and environmentalists’ wet dreams. Reuters is whistling through the graveyard with this propaganda.

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