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Gas Prices

As you may know, gas prices remain nearly one dollar per gallon lower than they were a year ago. How much of a difference have these lower gas prices made to your household's financial situation -- [ROTATED: a big difference, some difference, only a little difference (or) no difference at all]?

Which of the following are you mainly doing with the money you are saving as a result of lower gas prices -- [ROTATED: spending it, saving it, (or) paying down bills]?

2000-2011 Trend: Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or your household?

Next, suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against -- A law in your state that would increase the gas tax up to 20 cents a gallon, with the new gas tax money going to improve roads and bridges and build more mass transportation in your state?

Next, I’m going to read a list of problems facing the country. For each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all? How much do you personally worry about gas prices?

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Now, thinking about the cost of gasoline, do you think the current rise in gas prices represents -- [ROTATED: a temporary fluctuation in prices, or a more permanent change in prices]?

Temporary

More permanent

No opinion

%

%

%

2011 May 12-15

43

54

3

2008 May 2-4

19

78

3

2005 Sep 12-15 ^

33

65

2

2005 Sep 8-11

36

62

2

2004 Jun 3-6

43

56

1

2004 May 21-23 ^

48

50

2

2004 Mar 26-28 ^

42

55

3

2003 Aug 25-26

65

33

2

2003 Feb 17-19 ^

62

36

2

2001 May 7-9 ^

40

56

4

2000 Jun 22-25 ^

57

39

4

2000 May 23-24 ^

45

50

5

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2 ^

60

37

3

2000 Mar 10-12 ^

63

34

3

^ Asked of a half sample

Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or your household?

Yes,
caused hardship

No, has not
caused hardship

No
opinion

%

%

%

2011 May 12-15

67

32

1

2009 Jun 14-17

56

44

*

2008 May 2-4

71

29

*

2008 Mar 14-16

63

37

*

2005 Sep 26-28

61

38

1

2005 Sep 12-15 ^

72

28

*

2005 Aug 28-30

69

31

*

2005 May 20-22

59

41

*

2005 Apr 1-2

58

42

*

2004 Mar 26-28

47

53

*

2003 Feb 17-19

35

65

*

2001 May 7-9

47

53

*

2000 Jun 22-25

44

56

*

2000 May 23-24

36

64

*

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

39

61

*

2000 Mar 10-12

41

59

*

2000 Feb 14-15 †

40

60

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

† WORDING: Have recent price increases in gasoline, diesel fuel and home fuel oil caused any financial hardship for you or your household?

Is that a severe hardship that affects your ability to maintain your current standard of living, or is it a moderate hardship that affects you somewhat but does not jeopardize your current standard of living?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

Severe
hardship

Moderate
hardship

No
hardship

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

2011 May 12-15

21

46

32

1

2009 Jun 14-17

12

44

44

*

2008 May 2-4

25

46

29

*

2008 Mar 14-16

19

44

37

*

2005 Sep 26-28

16

45

38

1

2005 Sep 12-15 ^

21

51

28

*

2005 Aug 28-30

18

51

31

*

2005 Apr 1-2

15

43

42

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

About how much would you say you currently pay for a gallon of gasoline?

Under
$3.75

$3.75-
$3.99

$4.00-
$4.24

$4.25-
$4.99

$5.00
or more

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

11%

37

36

13

1

3

For comparison: Prior Gallup polls

Mean

Median

2011 May 12-15

$4.00

$4.00

2011 Mar 3-6

$3.45

$2.65

2009 Jun 14-17

$2.69

$2.65

2008 Mar 14-16

$3.30

$3.25

2007 May 4-6

$3.02

$3.00

2006 Apr 28-30

$2.93

$2.95

2005 Aug 28-30

$2.65

$2.62

How high do you think the price of a gallon of gasoline will go in the area where you live this year?

Under
$3.75

$3.75-
$3.99

$4.00-
$4.24

$4.25-
$4.99

$5.00
or more

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

2%

5

27

31

29

6

For comparison: Prior Gallup polls

Mean

Median

2011 May 12-15

$4.52

$4.50

2011 Mar 3-6

$4.36

$4.20

2009 Jun 14-17

$3.39

$3.25

2008 Mar 14-16

$3.98

$4.00

2006 Apr 28-30

$3.62

$3.50

SUMMARY TABLE: EXPECTED INCREASE IN GAS PRICES PER GALLON

2011
May 12-15

2011
Mar 3-6

2009
Jun 14-17

2008
Mar 14-16

%

%

%

%

Current price is the high for the year

9

1

3

2

Increase of $0.01 to less than $0.25

19

3

11

9

Increase of $0.25 to less than $0.50

21

12

24

17

Increase of $0.50 to less than $0.75

17

26

21

30

Increase of $0.75 or more

27

50

35

35

No opinion

8

8

6

7

Mean increase

+0.52

+0.91

+$0.70

+$0.67

Median increase

+0.40

+0.76

+$0.55

+$0.65

Next, we'd like you to think about how higher gas prices have affected you personally. Have you made any major changes to deal with rising gas prices, or not?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2011 May 12-15

53%

46

1

(Asked of those who have made major changes) What are some of the specific major changes you have made? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON ADULTS WHO HAVE MADE MAJOR CHANGES TO DEAL WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

2011 May 12-15

%

Drive less/Stay home more

32

Less travel/vacations

16

Getting a more fuel efficient car

15

Be more practical about errands/trips (fewer, closer to home)

15

Less leisure driving

12

Cut back on other expenses

12

Car pool

8

Change employer/school

6

Use public transportation

4

Walk more

3

Use a bicycle

3

Cut back on energy usage

2

Driving slower/less aggressively

1

Move to a more convenient location

1

Other

6

No opinion

1

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

(Asked of those who have made major changes) If gas prices stay at least as high as they are now, do you think you will eventually have to make other major changes, or not?

BASED ON ADULTS WHO HAVE MADE MAJOR CHANGES TO DEAL WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

Yes, will have to

No, will not have to

No opinion

2011 May 12-15

74%

24

1

(Asked of those who will have to make other major changes if gas prices stay high) What are some of the other specific major changes you think you might have to make? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON ADULTS WHO WILL HAVE TO MAKE OTHER MAJOR CHANGES IF GAS PRICES STAY HIGH

2011 May 12-15

%

Get a more fuel efficient car

26

Cut back on other expenses

17

Change employer/school

11

Drive less/Stay home more

9

Less travel/vacations

9

Cut back on energy usage

7

Less leisure driving

5

Use public transportation

5

Use a bicycle

5

Walk more

4

Car pool

4

Be more practical about errands/trips (fewer, closer to home)

3

Move to a more convenient location

2

Other

10

No opinion

6

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

(Asked of those who have not made major changes) If gas prices stay at least as high as they are now, do you think you will eventually have to make major changes, or not?

BASED ON ADULTS WHO HAVE NOT MADE MAJOR CHANGES TO DEAL WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

Yes, will have to

No, will not have to

No opinion

2011 May 12-15

40%

58

2

(Asked of those who will have to make major changes if gas prices stay high) What are some of the specific major changes you think you might have to make? [OPEN-ENDED]

BASED ON ADULTS WHO WILL HAVE TO MAKE MAJOR CHANGES TO DEAL WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

2011 May 12-15

%

Drive less/Stay home more

22

Get a more fuel efficient car

18

Less travel/vacations

17

Less leisure driving

14

Cut back on other expenses

11

Use public transportation

8

Be more practical about errands/trips (fewer, closer to home)

8

Change employer/school

6

Car pool

5

Walk more

3

Use a bicycle

2

Cut back on energy usage

1

Move to a more convenient location

1

Other

5

No opinion

9

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Suppose gasoline prices continue to rise. How high do you think gas prices would have to rise before you would -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- or is that something you would not do no matter how high gas prices get? [OPEN-ENDED]

Move from your current home so you would be closer to the places you drive to most often

$5.00
or less

$6.00-
$7.99

$8.00-
$10.00

More
than
$10.00

Would not do
no matter price

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

11%

5

6

3

69

6

Use mass transit, such as a bus or subway, as your main source of transportation

$5.00
or less

$6.00-
$7.99

$8.00-
$10.00

More
than
$10.00

Would not do
no matter price

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

19%

7

5

2

52

14

Replace your vehicle with one that gets significantly better gas mileage

$5.00
or less

$6.00-
$7.99

$8.00-
$10.00

More
than
$10.00

Would not do
no matter price

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

32%

13

5

2

38

10

(Asked of those employed full- or part-time) Change jobs or quit working

BASED ON ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL- OR PART-TIME

$5.00
or less

$6.00-
$7.99

$8.00-
$10.00

More
than
$10.00

Would not do
no matter price

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

10%

11

3

1

72

3

Buy an electric car that you could only drive for a limited number of miles at one time

$5.00
or less

$6.00-
$7.99

$8.00-
$10.00

More
than
$10.00

Would not do
no matter price

No
opinion

2011 May 12-15

12%

10

9

3

57

9

Would you prefer the government to increase, decrease or not change the financial support and incentives it gives for producing energy from traditional sources such as oil and gas?

Increase

Decrease

Not change

No opinion

2009 Mar 5-8

39%

30

28

3

Between now and the end of the year, do you think gas prices in your local area will -- [ROTATED: increase a lot, increase a little, stay about the same, decrease a little (or) decrease a lot]?

Increase
a lot

Increase
a little

Stay about
the same

Decrease
a little

Decrease
a lot

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

2008 Aug 7-10

16

24

21

31

6

2

2008 Jul 10-13

52

35

6

5

*

1

* Less than 0.5%

Do you think there are -- or are not -- steps a president can take that could reduce gas prices significantly in the short term?

Yes, are steps

No, are not

No opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

68%

30

2

Do you think each of the following is one of the most important reasons why the price of gasoline is so high, an important reason, but not one of the most important reasons, or not an important reason? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Lack of effective action by the current Bush administration

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

51%

31

16

2

B. Lack of effective action by Congress

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

57%

32

9

2

C. Lack of effective action by previous presidents and their administrations

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

38%

38

21

3

D. Price gouging by oil companies

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

58%

29

11

2

E. Price gouging by foreign countries that produce oil

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

58%

28

11

3

F. Problems caused by the Iraq War

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

39%

35

23

3

G. Price speculation in the buying and selling of oil investments by major banks and hedge funds

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

52%

31

13

4

H. Lack of energy conservation by American consumers

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

48%

38

12

2

I. Increased demand for oil from China, India and other developing countries

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

46%

39

13

2

J. Too many environmental regulations that hinder the development of new energy sources

One of most
important reasons

Important
reason

Not
important

No
opinion

2008 Jul 25-27

40%

33

23

4

If you had to choose, which has had a greater negative effect on your family's finances this year -- [ROTATED: the rising price of gasoline (or) the rising price of food]?

Rising price
of gasoline

Rising price
of food

Both
equally (vol.)

No
opinion

2008 Jul 10-13

76%

14

9

1

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Who do you think should have the primary responsibility for spending money to develop alternative sources of energy to gasoline -- [ROTATED: the government, the automobile companies, (or) energy or oil companies]?


Government

Automobile
companies

Energy/Oil
companies

No
opinion

2008 May 30-Jun 1

49%

30

12

9

2006 Mar 10-12

38%

24

33

5

As a result of the recent rise in gas prices, would you say you have -- or have not -- done each of the following? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. Cut back significantly on your household spending because of the higher gas prices

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

60%

39

1

2005 Apr 1-2

38%

62

*

2004 Jun 3-6

34%

66

*

* Less than 0.5%

B. Seriously considered getting a more fuel-efficient car the next time you buy a vehicle

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

71%

27

2

2005 Apr 1-2

57%

42

1

2004 Jun 3-6

53%

46

1

C. Made more of an effort to find the gas station with the cheapest gas in your area

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

74%

25

1

2005 Apr 1-2

72%

27

1

2004 Jun 3-6

69%

30

1

D. Consolidated errands or taken other steps in order to cut back on your daily driving

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

84%

16

*

* Less than 0.5%

For comparison: We'd like to know whether or not rising gas prices have caused you to do any of the following. How about -- consolidate errands or taken other steps in order to cut back on your daily driving

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

70%

29

1

E. Taken steps to increase the gas mileage of the car you drive, such as by driving slower, getting a tune up, or using the air conditioning less often

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

76%

23

1

F. Switched to using a lower grade of gasoline, such as from premium to regular

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

34%

63

3

G. Used alternative means of travel, such as bus, subway, bicycle or walking

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

31%

68

1

H. Decided not to take a trip that you have taken regularly in previous years

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

51%

48

1

I. Shared rides with friends or neighbors when you were going to the same place

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

62%

38

*

* Less than 0.5%

J. Driven the most fuel efficient car you currently own whenever possible

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

81%

17

2

K. Cut back significantly on how much you drive

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2005 Apr 1-2

48%

51

1

2004 Jun 3-6

45%

54

1

L. Altered your summer vacation plans

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2004 Jun 3-6

29%

70

1

Next, we'd like to know how the price of gasoline has affected your summer recreation plans, including any vacations or weekend trips you were planning to take. Which of the following applies to you -- you are going ahead with your plans even though you will end up paying a lot more for gas, you are changing your plans so that you will not have to pay as much for gas, or you did not plan to travel much during the summer so the price of gas is not really affecting your plans?

Going ahead
with plans

Changing
plans

Plans not
affected by
price of gas

No
opinion

2008 May 2-4

21%

36

41

2

2006 Jun 23-25

28%

33

38

1

(Asked of those who are changing their plans) Can you tell me in what ways your plans have changed?

2008
May 2-4

2006
Jun 23-25

%

%

Canceled trip/cannot afford

37

26

Changing travel destination /Making shorter trip /Going somewhere closer

24

23

Cutting down on number of trips normally take

20

37

Use another form of transportation (plane/train/bus)

7

9

Car pooling

5

2

Doing better planning / saving up

3

7

Not driving vehicle of choice due to gas consumption

*

5

Other

8

5

No opinion

2

*

* Less than 0.5%

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

(Asked of those who drive or ride with someone else to work) Please say whether each of the following would or would not be an option for you. How about-- [RANDOM ORDER]?

(Asked of those for whom the action would be an option) Have you, personally, done this because of the high cost of gas, or not?

COMBINED RESULTS: BASED ON THOSE WHO DRIVE OR CARPOOL TO WORK

A. Change jobs or move in order to shorten your commute to work

Have
done

An option,
but have
not done

Not an
option

Does not
apply (vol.)

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

7%

11

80

2

--

(vol.) = Volunteered response

B. Work from home rather than driving to the office as often as possible

Have
done

An option,
but have
not done

Not an
option

Does not
apply (vol.)

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

10%

11

75

4

--

C. Take fewer business trips

Have
done

An option,
but have
not done

Not an
option

Does not
apply (vol.)

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

15%

7

55

23

*

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

D. Change the way you commute to work, such as by taking the bus, train, subway or walking

Have
done

An option,
but have not done

Not an
option

Does not
apply (vol.)

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

8%

8

82

2

--

(vol.) = Volunteered response

(Asked of a half sample) Just your best guess, do you think the price of gasoline will reach six dollars per gallon at some point over the next five years, or will the price not get that high?

Yes, will reach
$6 per gallon

No, will not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

54%

44

2

(Asked of a half sample) Just your best guess, do you think the price of gasoline will reach ten dollars per gallon at some point over the next five years, or will the price not get that high?

Yes, will reach
$10 per gallon

No, will not

No opinion

2008 May 2-4

19%

78

3

We'd like to know whether or not rising gas prices have caused you to do any of the following. How about -- [ITEMS ROTATED]?

A. Shorten or cancel a vacation you had planned to take by car

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

32%

66

2

B. Consolidate errands or taken other steps in order to cut back on your daily driving

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

70%

29

1

C. (Asked of adults employed full or part-time) Change jobs or move in order to shorten your commute to work

BASED ON 562 ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

10%

90

*

* Less than 0.5%

Suppose gasoline prices continue to rise. Do you think gas prices could get so high that you would -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- or is that something you would not do no matter how high gas prices get?

A. Move from your current home so you would be closer to the places you drive most often

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

13%

86

1

B. Use mass transit, such as a bus or subway, as your main source of transportation

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

32%

64

4

C. Replace your vehicle with one that gets better gas mileage

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

56%

41

2

D. (Asked of adults employed full or part-time) Change jobs

BASED ON 562 ADULTS EMPLOYED FULL OR PART-TIME

Yes, would

No, would not

No opinion

2007 May 4-6

13%

86

1

By the end of the year, do you think the price of a gallon of gasoline in your local area will be -- [ROTATED: a lot higher, a little higher, about the same, a little lower, (or) a lot lower], compared with what you are paying now?

A lot higher

A little higher

About
the same

A little lower

A lot lower

No
opinion

2006 Sep 15-17

12%

22

25

29

9

2

Just your best guess, do you think -- [ROTATED: the Bush administration has deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall's elections, (or do you think) the recent decline in the price of gasoline has not been due to any manipulation by the Bush administration]?

Deliberately
manipulated
price of gasoline

Not due to any
manipulation

No
opinion

2006 Sep 15-17

42%

53

5

If the price of gasoline stays that high for awhile, what, if anything, will you have to do differently in your daily life? [OPEN-ENDED]

2006 Apr 28-30

%

Cut back on driving/less travel

33

Budget money better/less spending

12

Don't drive/stay at home

9

Get smaller/more fuel efficient vehicle

8

Walk

5

Use public transportation

4

Car pool

4

Consolidate driving/do everything in one trip

3

Bike

3

Move closer to work/less commuting

2

Charge more for business to make up loss

1

Other

8

None

26

No opinion

1

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Would you say you are angry about the recent increases in gasoline prices, or not?

Yes, angry

No, not

No opinion

2006 Apr 28-30

75%

25

1

Who are you angry with? [OPEN-ENDED]

[ASKED OF ADULTS WHO ARE ANGRY ABOUT RECENT INCREASES IN GASOLINE PRICES]

2006 Apr 28-30

%

Gas/Oil companies

50

President George W. Bush/Bush administration

26

Government/Politicians (nonspecific)

21

Congress

4

OPEC

4

Oil refineries

2

American public/Consumers/Taxpayers

2

"Environmentalist liberals"

1

Vice President Dick Cheney

1

Car manufacturing companies

*

Other

6

Anyone/Everyone responsible

7

No one

1

No opinion

4

* Less than 0.5%

Percentages add to more than 100% due to multiple responses.

Would you favor or oppose Congress passing legislation to do each of the following as a way to reduce the price of gasoline? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2006 Apr 28-30
(sorted by "favor")


Favor


Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

Set price controls on gasoline

70

27

3

Temporarily suspend all federal gasoline taxes

64

32

4

Impose a significant additional tax on oil company profits

64

32

3

Break up big U.S. owned oil companies

56

39

5

Give a $100 fuel rebate to consumers

46

52

2

Who do you trust more to deal with the issue of gas prices -- [ROTATED: the Republicans in Congress (or) the Democrats in Congress]?

Republicans

Democrats

Both
equally (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

No
opinion

2006 Apr 28-30

28%

51

4

14

4

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Suppose you currently paid $2.35 for a gallon of gasoline. Would you favor or oppose a federal tax that would raise the price to $3.35 per gallon, with the extra dollar going to the development of new types of fuel?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

29%

69

2

Now, thinking about the cost and availability of electricity, gasoline, natural gas, and other forms of energy, would you say the country -- [ROTATED: is in a state of crisis, has major problems, has minor problems, (or) has no problems at all]?

State
of crisis

Major
problems

Minor
problems

No
problems

No
opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

12%

49

35

3

1

2003 Feb 17-19

9%

40

44

6

1

2001 May 18-20 ^

12%

59

25

3

1

2001 Jan 15-16

14%

54

29

3

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

As a result of the increase in gas prices over the past year, have you and your family cut back significantly on the amount you drive, or not?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

48%

52

--

^ Asked of a half sample

As a result of the increase in gas prices over the past year, have you and your family cut back significantly on your household spending on other items, or not?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

54%

45

1

^ Asked of a half sample

From what you've seen or heard about the hybrid cars now on the market that use a combination of gas and electric power, would you seriously consider buying or leasing a hybrid car when replacing a vehicle you now drive, or not?

Yes, seriously consider

No, not

No opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

57%

40

3

Looking ahead, do you think -- [ROTATED: the global supply of oil will always be able to keep up with the demand for oil around the world, (or do you think) the world will eventually run short of oil sometime in the future]?

Always keep up
with demand

Will eventually
run short of oil

No
opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

20%

77

3

Just your best guess, how many years do you think it will be before the world runs short of oil?

[ASKED OF THOSE WHO SAY WORLD'S SUPPLY OF OIL WILL EVENTUALLY RUN SHORT]

2006 Mar 10-12

%

Less than 25 years

39

Twenty-five years to less than 50 years

16

Fifty years to less than 100 years

22

One hundred years or more

14

No opinion

8

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

2006 Mar 10-12

%

Will always keep up with the demand

20

Will eventually run short of oil

77

(In less than 25 years)

(30)

(In 25 to less than 50 years)

(13)

(In 50 to less than 100 years)

(17)

(In 100 years or more)

(11)

(Unspecified)

(6)

No opinion

3

Now, I have a question about the forms of fuel that Americans will be using 30 years from now. Do you think -- [ROTATED: gasoline will still fuel most of the cars Americans drive in 30 years, (or) most of the cars Americans drive will use some other type of fuel in 30 years]?

Gasoline will
still fuel cars

Cars will use
some other type of fuel

No
opinion

2006 Mar 10-12

21%

76

3

Do you think the federal government should -- or should not -- regulate the price of gasoline?

Yes, should

No, should not

No opinion

2005 Oct 28-30

53%

43

4

Do you think Congress should hold an investigation into the profits that oil companies have made in the past few months, or do you think an investigation is not necessary?

Yes, should

No, not necessary

No opinion

2005 Oct 28-30

82%

17

1

Looking ahead to one year from now, do you think gas prices at that time will be -- [ROTATED: much higher than they are today, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, (or) much lower than they are today]?

Much
higher

Somewhat
higher

About
the same

Somewhat
lower

Much
lower

No
opinion

2005 Sep 26-28

19%

32

25

18

5

1

When you buy or lease your next vehicle, will the car's gas mileage be a more important consideration for you than it has been in the past, or will it not be any more important to you?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]

More
important

Not more
important

Less
important (vol.)

Don't
drive
(vol.)


No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

75%

22

*

1

2

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Suppose you were going to buy a new vehicle. Would you seriously consider buying a car or SUV that is a gas-electric hybrid, or not?

[ASKED OF A HALF SAMPLE]


Yes, would

No, would not

Already own (vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Aug 28-30

55%

43

*

2

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

If the hybrid vehicle cost $3,000 more than the standard model of the same vehicle, would you still seriously consider buying it, or not?

[COMBINED RESPONSES]

2005 Aug 28-30

%

Yes, seriously consider

55

(Even if $3,000 more)

(45)

(Not if $3,000 more)

(9)

(Unsure)

(1)

No, would not

43

No opinion

2

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