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Patch's Poll: Does The Price Of Gas Affect Your Driving Habits?

Prices are going up and up at the pump - does that dictate how you drive?

Gas prices are going up across the country, and on Friday, the prediction was made that consumers could see prices rise "as much as 5-20 cents per gallon by the conclusion of the weekend," according to GasBuddy.com.

In addition to the actual price of the fuel, . According to a , residents overwhelmingly think the gas tax is too high. Among the comments on that poll was this from reader David Irons: "Malloy and others are concerned that CT is losing alcohol beverage sales to neighboring states because we don't allow Sunday sales. How much are we losing in gas and diesel sales because of the repressive tax structure in CT?"

What do you think? Does the price of gas affect how you live your life? Do you make an effort to combine errands and trips to save gas, or do you make no adjustments? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

R Lee Balderdash February 28, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I haven't used high test in a while, it seems to burn up faster. Meanwhile in Rahmville, more control over oil futures and pricing is obtained for the speculators: http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-dubaimercantileexchange-cme-idINTRE81K0MV20120221
--Robert February 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
You may understand supply and demand, but you don't recognize the facts about it or you choose to ignore them. Supply of fuel these days is excellent. Saudi Arabia, the largest producer by far in the world, is nowhere near pumping capacity. There is a near-record inventory of fuel in storage in the USA. US gasoline demand is at its lowest level in over 10 years. That means that, even though there have been a lot of trucks and SUV's sold in that time, people are driving them less, choosing smaller and lighter vehicles proportionately more often, and vehicles in general are getting better mileage. The biggest influencing factor in demand is the number of miles driven, and this is far far down from its 2007-2008 peak. It doesn't matter what you drive, you're spending more on fueling it these days, but the choice of a 45mpg small car or hybrid vs a 15mpg pickup truck makes a lot more sense to a lot more people. The market IS working, it just doesn't suit your politics. The price went up: consumers responded by driving less and driving more efficient vehicles: the DEMAND dropped. The market price doesn't reflect that. The oil companies and the middlemen traders have driven the base price of crude oil through the roof with speculation. They cry that the sky is falling due to Iran's threats, or new rules about oil sands production, or a trader stubbed his toe on the way to work: the price goes up! That's how they make their money. No surprises.
wtfdrez February 29, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Stephanie, We are not the rest of the world nor should we ever want to be like the rest of the world and just in case you haven't noticed George W. has left the building. This is Obama's legacy. He wants the gas prices to sky rocket to further push his renewable energy policies, he could care less about the middle class. If he did we would be drilling for oil right here.
wtfdrez February 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Charles, i have to laugh because you turn poll questions into your liberal BS and you continue to insult people that don't share the same political views as you. You call the republican candidates clowns and congratulate Obama for things he hasn't done. You hate people that watch fox news, but do you realize it's not just fox, it's your local radio shows, it's on the internet, it's CNN!!! Wake up Chuck, the biggest clown of all is King Obama.... Let me guess your next post will be that I'm prejudice!! Can't wait for that.
Looking South February 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
The last comment sums up the mindset of the misdirected masses...oil will not last forever and thus neither will your dependence on it. You know what has been supplying this planet with energy for a billion years? - The Sun - which can be used to make electricity which in turn can power electric vehicles...and homes, and computers and cell phones, etc....but keep ignoring it...crushed up dinosaurs and sea animals makes a lot more sense. Take off the $-$ glasses and look at the big picture. The U.S. knows it needs to make a change, votes in a President who is willing to make the tough decisions, and when he tries, he is opposed and thrown under the bus. If you guys know what you're doing then why are you pushing $16 trillion in debt? You guys think you have freedom and choice yet you spend millions of dollars and years on elections and only get to choose between two people! Then the one that wins can't get anything done because he / she really doesn't have the power to do what is promised because of a bloated, corrupt government. This is democracy? You should try a dictatorship for a few years...might do some good.

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