Gas Prices Up: Will Public Accept Even Higher Pricing?

Gasoline prices continue their march upward.

Gasoline prices continue their march upward. (treehugger.com)

Yesterday was a motorcycle day for me. We’re experiencing near-summer like temperatures with sun-filled skies, so I simply couldn’t resist taking the bike rather than hopping into the car. And the fact that the motorcycle returns fuel economy in the range of almost 50 miles per gallon didn’t hurt in helping make my choice, either.

Fuel economy will continue to be of paramount importance if gasoline prices keep up the trend they’ve demonstrated since the start of the year. The average price of a gallon of gasoline has risen more than a half-dollar this year, and now sits at $3.81 per gallon.

Four states – Alaska, California, Hawaii and Illinois – and Washington, D.C. already have average prices over $4 per gallon, and a number of other states – Oregon and Washington in the Pacific northwest; Connecticut and New York on the Atlantic coast – are in danger of being there soon.

A new Gallop poll found there’s room for higher gasoline prices, however. An average cost of $5.30 to $5.35 per gallon is the ultimate tipping point that sees a majority of Americans cutting back on spending in other areas or otherwise making significant changes in the way they live their lives.

Despite whatever room for increased prices Americans can tolerate, the poll also found that a majority of Americans, regardless of party, want President Obama and Congress to get involved.

85 percent of all residents, 90 percent of those that lean republican and 81 percent of those that lean democrat want to see “immediate actions to try to control the rising price of gas.”

However, that only 65% of Americans believe that the president and Congress can in fact take actions that would impact the cost of gasoline makes us wonder why drivers would want government action, when some obviously don’t believe it would ultimately have any benefits.


About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.


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