Gas: How high is too high?

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Gas: How high is too high?

Almost half of Americans would change driving habits or vacation plans if gas prices reach $4.00 a gallon. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, how high would gas prices have to go before you would change your current driving habits or alter vacation plans. Forty-nine percent of Americans said the threshold is $4.00 a gallon, 21% said $5.00 a gallon, 13% said $4.50 a gallon, 10% said they will not change their driving habits or vacation plans based on gas prices.

Republicans and younger Americans, those in the 18-29 year old age group were most sensitive to rising gas prices. Among Republicans, 55% said they would change their driving habits or vacation plans at $4.00 a gallon, 22% of Republicans would change at $5.00 a gallon, 10% said they will not change habits or plans. In the 18-29 year old age group, 54% said they would change habits or plans at $4.00 a gallon, 14% would change at $5.00 a gallon. Interestingly, 19% in the 18-29 year old age group said they would not change driving habits or vacation plans due to rising gas prices.

Men and women had different takes on the question. Among men, 53% would make driving changes at $4.00 a gallon, 20% would change at $5.00 a gallon, 12% would change at $4.50 a gallon, 9% said they would not make changes. Women weighed in with 44% saying they would make changes at $4.00 a gallon, 22% said $5.00 a gallon was the limit, 13% picked the price point at $4.50 a gallon, 11% said they would not make changes based on gas prices.

Democrats and Americans in the 45-64 year old age group seemed to have the highest threshold of pain. Among Democrats, 27% said it would take gas at $5.00 a gallon to make them change, 42% picked a price point of $4.00 a gallon, 12% said $4.50 a gallon would do it, 9% of Democrats said they would not make changes. In the 45-64 year old age group, 27% said gas would have to reach $5.00 a gallon to make them change plans, 46% picked $4.00 a gallon, 13% said $4.50 a gallon, 9% said they would not make changes based on gas prices.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,152 registered voters nationwide was conducted March 04, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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