Most Americans say high gas prices have caused life changes-USA Today
More than half say they have made major changes to compensate for the higher prices, ranging from shorter trips to cutting back on vacation travel.
For 21%, the impact is so dramatic they say their standard of living is jeopardized.
Nationally, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline averages $3.96. That's up 38%, or $1.09, from levels a year ago.
In seven states, gas prices have passed July 2008's record of $4.11 a gallon.
The poll found widespread pessimism that gas prices will stop rising. Just 9% say they believe prices have peaked for the year, while 27% say they expect prices will jump 75 cents or more. Average price where consumers say prices will peak: $4.50 a gallon.
- More than half — 54% — say high prices are here to stay."...
- 3/25/11, "Calif. making $25 million a month from gas price spike," Orange County Register, Jan Norman