Voters Blame Speculators, Oil Companies For High Gas Prices

UTICA, N.Y. – Voters blame investors speculating on future oil prices for rising gasoline costs which are approaching the $4 mark, according to a new IBOPE ZOGBY poll.

Nearly 9 out of 10 voters – 88 percent – believe that oil price speculators are responsible for high fuel costs; 83 percent say that oil companies are responsible. Congress draws blame from 75 percent of voters, while 57 percent say that President Barack Obama is responsible.

Voters are placing economic issues at the forefront of their concerns. While they believe that gas prices are more important to them than global climate change or U.S. goals in Afghanistan, voters are more concerned with the U.S. unemployment rate, the federal deficit and their future Social Security and Medicare benefits than the cost of their next fill-up.

The IBOPE Zogby interactive poll of 2,020 likely voters was conducted from April 29-May 2 and has a margin of error of +/-2.2 percent.

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