05.19.11

Pain from the Pump — the Poll

Posted in Permanent Fail at 8:17 pm by George Smith

USA Today:

A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds that 54% of Americans believe high gas prices are here to stay …

Nationally, regular gasoline averages $3.91 a gallon, 7 cents less than last week’s 2011 high of $3.98. But … fewer than one in 10 Americans believe that prices have peaked for the year…

While nearly seven in 10 Americans say the high cost of fuel is causing financial hardship, for 21%, the impact is so dramatic they say their standard of living is jeopardized.

Aja Turner, an unemployed mother of three from Greenville, S.C., says high fuel costs are forcing her to move in with family in Virginia

Colorado computer repairman Jon Fye, whose monthly gas bill on his Isuzu pickup has jumped 60% to $400 a month …

Fye, 31, has leaned on his church and a food bank in Fort Collins to help bridge the gap between his paychecks and expenses.

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