Cutting expenses due to higher gas?
Pain at the pump is making Americans cut back in other spending areas. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 65% of Americans said higher gas prices are causing them to cut back on expenses for other activities, 27% said they are not cutting back, 8% did not have an opinion.
Talk of $5.00 a gallon gas by summer is a hot political topic and answers differed along party lines. Among Republicans, 75% said the high gas prices are leading to cut backs in other areas, 22% said they are not cutting back, 3% did not offer an opinion. Democrats countered with 59% saying they are cutting back on expenses in other areas, 32% said they are not cutting back, 9% had no opinion. Independents weighed in with 62% saying the high gas prices are having an impact on their spending, 28% said they are not cutting back, 11% did not have an opinion.
Men and women differed slightly on the question. Sixty-eight percent of men said they are cutting back in other areas due to the higher prices versus 63% of women who told us they are cutting expenses in other areas. Twenty-seven percent of men and women said they are not cutting back due to rising 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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