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Rising gas prices not a big concern for voters

Reuters -- Even as President Barack Obama considers using U.S. oil stockpiles to halt rising gasoline costs in an election year, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday shows economic pain at the pump is not a big concern for voters.

Fuel and gas prices ranked last among 10 factors that influence voters in evaluating Obama's job performance and the country's direction, the poll found. Healthcare, the economy and jobs top the list, with gas prices also lagging behind foreign policy, immigration and education.

"Gas prices, relative to the rest of this stuff, are much less important," Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said.

"People talk a lot about how gas prices drive attitudes, but it doesn't seem to have a lot of impact either on Obama's job approval or how people see the country going," he said.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2012 4:32:42 AM

they are a bigger concerns probably for those with longer commutes than those who can afford living close to work.
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 3:14:54 PM

Personally I like cheeseburgers. Thanks for asking.
sparky808
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:20:44 AM

Thank you for posting.
purplebears
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 10:08:33 AM

One man or woman, including anyone in the office of president, has no real ability to control the price of gas or any other commodity. What the president says may affect the commodity market in short-term reactions but he/she will have no long-term control over a global commodity market.

American politics has been reduced to a "sports mentality" in that "fans" cheer for their favorite more out of tradition and loyalty. Unfortunately, politics isn't a "game" and the political "players" aren't there for us to admire and adore. We need to elect people who will work on behalf of the voters and not for the cheerleading lobbyists. We need action by our leaders to decisively reach solutions to our ever growing problems. More importantly, we need voters who can understand the difference.
gb1
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 7:24:17 AM

rising gas prices is a big concern .. not the biggest, but still a big one
GOBUTLER
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:57:20 AM

Interesting...
10k
Champion Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:29:33 PM

as a U-6 party member, anything that rises price-wise is not welcome, and is a great concern to me..

[Edited by: 10k at 8/23/2012 12:32:25 AM EST]
Zonk
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:14:27 PM

It is definitely a concern, although not #1.
Kamakani
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:11:43 PM

It is a big concern for all of us.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:05:44 PM

It is, if you can't affford gas to get to the polls,
pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:04:44 PM

Ok
Alaydown
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 9:03:48 PM

It is all part of the same package. He shows the same incompetence in handling the economy, jobs, foreign policy, and immigration since 2009 that he used to create conditions that increased gasoline prices.
VanIsleLes
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:56:45 PM

Who knows who's reporting what to whom ....
letterchunker
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:56:24 PM

To me it's a giant collective concern. It's the whole package. We need Obama and all of his cronies out of office before this country is totally distroyed.
s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:55:03 PM

Probably true! Not sputtering in Austin!
SavALot
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:54:47 PM

By it's only August... Things might change
REVLAW
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:53:53 PM

But it is listed, and as the economy continues to "sputter" people will remember the cost of filling the tank while visiting the polls.
nvlkoala
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:50:41 PM

not sure it would matter much with the countr so polaraized. Even for those that it is a big concern that it would be the deciding factor on how they vote
g747
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:46:34 PM

I AGREE 100 %!!!!!!!!!!!.
alchulito
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:45:37 PM

I beg to differ. It is a huge concern.
mstearno
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:43:34 PM

yes it is you'll see
Christiana1313
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:42:52 PM

Ok
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:41:03 PM

Oh how wrong this headline is.
big_mac64
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:41:03 PM

this poll probably only involved Obama backers. everyone I know has a gripe about gas prices!
NedW
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:40:31 PM

Thank you Reuters.
phinsup67
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:39:06 PM

Yeah
theco2
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:38:45 PM

I've been concerned about gas prices, for a few years. It wouldn't change my opinion of the presidential candidates, though.

They both suck!
Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:37:52 PM

Methinks it is because the current POTUS SUCKS as far as a Commander-in-Chief... He had his chance. NEXT!!!
suzmar
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:37:13 PM

Mr. Obama hopes gasoline prices are not a concern!
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:31:06 PM

I guess there is something that will have to used...
firefly09
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:26:46 PM

What good does it do?????
Ahking
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:25:23 PM

people learned.
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:25:19 PM

if it keeps rising ...it will
wayoung56
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:22:49 PM

It is at my house...
knot2swift
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:14:26 PM

If gas prices go to $4.50 overnight, I'd like to see if this article gets posted again
itsjustme719
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:11:50 PM

Obama has little to do with gas prices. If he did, then why are prices higher in Canada, or Europe?
MJIOWA
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:10:40 PM

they are for me
MDTDriver
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:10:26 PM

That is why Obama got electried last time!
letmathe
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:09:21 PM

If you think the current administration (or the last one) is responsible for high gas prices, then you fail to understand the role of markets and international profit-seeking corporations in the energy industry.
Blue48
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:08:29 PM

IT SHOULD BE!
ratones1
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:08:21 PM

WHY NOT???
Tnerbeel
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:06:11 PM

The daily prices themselves are largely not within the control of the President, and most of us understand that. The underlying policies of that President are very influential of the long term prices and we understand that also. Obama consistently fails at the policy level. We understand that all too well.
danreino
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:06:08 PM

The author ist from Beverly Hills or Narnia.....
MG_Sputnik
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:05:00 PM

Really? Which liberal scribe wrote this? We don't mind paying more for anything, right?
FordF2502001
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:04:36 PM

Rising prices are a huge concern to me especially after they went uP 8 cents/gal today!
Obama can't get out soon enough.
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:03:37 PM

could it be that the media is completely ignoring the rapid and consistent rise in prices?
evey315
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:02:44 PM

I can understand why Healthcare, the economy, and jobs being tops, but not gas prices at the bottom of the list of concerns. Reuters missed the boat on this one
Alfied
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 8:01:06 PM

Up and down, up and down, makes the world go around.
jci25946
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:59:05 PM

comparing apples to oranges!
blah2blah3
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:58:23 PM

This comparison of voters to rising gas prices absolutely irrelevant
Focus2
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2012 7:57:36 PM

That's not true! Gas prices does concern us. It just raised here tonight 15 cents and that is upsetting. As far as politics goes it does no good to blame the government. The government needs to take over and take charge of their own oil in this country as Mexico did by nationalizing it. Right now, there is no our oil, as Big Oil sees it as theirs to do with as they see fit and charge what they please.
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