Mini Poll: Shooting Fish In A Barrel (Of Oil)


Thinking about the cost of gasoline, would you say the country is in a state of crisis, has major problems, has minor problems, or has no problems at all?


Crisis:
 14%
Major problems:
 71%
Minor problems:
 13%
No problem at all:
 2%

 


Who or what do you think is most to blame for the recent spike in gas prices?


Oil and gas companies:
 27%
Oil exporting nations:
 2%
Driving habits:
 4%
Political unrest in some countries in the Middle East:
 27%
Republican Congress:
 3%
Obama administration:
 5%
Environmental regulations:
 2%
Speculators:
 30%

 


Based on the recent rise in gas prices, would you say you have or have not done each of the following things:


Cut back significantly on how much I drive when it isn’t absolutely necessary:


Have:
 69%
Have not:
 31%

 


Seriously considered getting a more fuel-efficient car the next time I buy a vehicle:


Have:
 39%
Have not:
 61%

 


Cut back significantly on my household spending because of higher gas prices:


Have:
 56%
Have not:
 44%

 


Changed my summer vacation plans:


Have:
 50%
Have not:
 50%

 


Started riding my bike, walking, or taking public transportation more:


Have:
 20%
Have not:
 80%

 


Joined a car pool to get to work or school:


Have:
 3%
Have not:
 97%

 


Do you wash your car less frequently now than when gas was less expensive?:


Yes:
 52%
No:
 48%

 


Have you delayed repairs to your car because of the increased expense of gasoline?:


Yes:
 43%
No:
 57%

 


Have you ever found yourself thinking that your trip would be cheaper if you didn’t have passengers?:


Yes:
 35%
No:
 65%

 


If gas prices made your commute too expensive, which of the following options would be you be more likely to take:


Look for a job closer to my home:
 34%
Look for a home closer to my job:
 66%

 


Which would worry you more: if gas prices rose significantly but you could buy gas whenever you wanted to without waiting in long lines, or if gas prices remained steady but you had to wait in long lines to buy gas or could only buy it on certain days?:


Higher prices/no wait:
 30%
Prices the same/waiting:
 70%

 


Do you think oil companies as a whole make too much in profits, not enough in profits, or a reasonable amount in profits?


Too much:
 86%
Not enough:
 1%
Reasonable amount:
 13%

 


US Senator Claire McCaskill has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that refiners are cutting back on gasoline stockpiles to keep gas prices high. Do you agree with the senator’s request?


Yes:
 87%
No:
 13%

 


One of the region’s first electric car charging stations will be in the City of St. Louis at the Moonrise Hotel. Can you anticipate using it yourself in the next five years?:


Yes:
 28%
No:
 72%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.