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Poll: Oil Companies Blamed for Gas Prices

Posted June 26, 2007

— A new poll shows most North Carolinians blame oil companies for the country’s high gas prices.

According to Public Policy Polling results released Tuesday, 43 percent of respondents feel big oil companies are driving up gas prices to boost their profits. Another 28 percent feel President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq are driving up the cost at the pump.

The poll also shows gas prices are having an impact on how North Carolinians drive.

Almost 90 percent of respondents said they are very concerned about the cost of the gas, and six out of 10 said they've changed driving habits to conserve gas.

Despite the high prices, state residents said they still aren't sold on public transportation. More than half said have no plans to start using alternative transportation, which the poll defined as public transportation, carpooling, bicycling or walking.

Public Policy Polling asked 563 North Carolinians to complete the survey. The poll has a margin of error of 4.1percent.


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  • CestLaVie Jun 27, 2007

    FlSunshine: "I think we have the technology but not the will."

    I think we have plenty of will as well as the technology to conquer this problem. BUT, the will is squashed when you hear of auto companies in the past buying up private individuals' inventions that would have helped the consumer with very efficient engines, not the auto companies. I'm sure this has happened many, many times by oil companies, auto companies and the government. None of them want consumers to know what ideas have been killed & bought out of existence, if only to buy into greed for their own pockets. I'm convinced of this after watching this gas problem escalate since the long lines of the 70's. Nothing has changed much; now we just pay more.

  • Eric Blair Jun 27, 2007

    Peak oil is a fraud.

  • nbforrest Jun 27, 2007

    I thought the democrats were going to get these oil companies staightened out. They got in line and started filling their pockets and their tanks just like the republicans.

  • Teacher08 Jun 27, 2007

    Bush is friends with the oil companies and the Saudis, need anymore be said?

  • weasleyes Jun 27, 2007

    Amen, oldschool! You have it right. I am far from rich, yet I have stock in Shell, etc. in my mutual funds. The solution is simple folks. Tell the environmentalist wackos to take a hike, drill everywhere we can in this country, build refineries where military bases were abandoned (the people will be glad to have the jobs,) and let's get on with it. We have enough oil under this country's soil to sustain us for at least 100 years.

  • oldschool Jun 27, 2007

    The Commentator-
    I've always wondered, why do you libs think it makes economic sense for our state to take our tax dollars, send them to Washington, have Congress allocate where they should go, send them to a Federal agency, let them take half of it in admin costs and then give it back to us to "build roads"? Can't we cut out the middle man and just build the darn things ourselves? That just doesn't seem very efficient and, in keeping with your apparent crazy ideas, we could reduce the price of a gallon of gas by 18 cents.

  • oldschool Jun 26, 2007

    Let me ask you towering intellects this question:

    Citgo is a state owned oil company. Why does it charge the same for a gallon of gas as Exxon, a private corporation? Better yet, how did Exxon convince Hugo Chavez to join in this grand conspiracy? lol. Get a grip, folks. It's a market economy - our government restricts the supply, the economy grows, demand increases. 2+2=4 and the price goes up. It really is not that complicated.

  • YeahWhatever Jun 26, 2007

    No, I just think you just shouldn't willfully mislabel something because it's convenient to you to skew the conversation.

    There *IS* a reason that the guvmint builds roads, BTW. There is very little money to be had. That's why toll roads are generally only built on guaranteed high traffic routes and why private toll authorities often go under and the roads end up under government control.

    I think we can't believe how sucked in my business propaganda some others are.

  • oldschool Jun 26, 2007

    Good lord, I can't believe how out of touch with reality y'all are.

    There's an old saying: better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.

    Get informed, then form an opinion.

    You honestly think that you get more bang for your buck by paying taxes then you do by buying gas? What color is the sky in you world?

  • YeahWhatever Jun 26, 2007

    Don't be lame oldschool. It's not profit when it's used to pay for a service. They are building roads with the money. It's probably the most direct service fee you pay as a citizen. The money is being used to provide this service. It's only "profit" in poor little George Will's weird weird world.