(POLL)  High gas prices change vacation plans

As the average price of a gallon of gasoline nears the $5 mark, most Americans say the high cost has altered their summer vacation plans.

That’s according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national poll.

The survey finds that 57% of American adults say the rising price of gasoline has affected their vacation plans for this summer.

Thirty-six percent (36%) say their vacation plans have not been affected by high gas prices.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline, which was $2.20 in November 2020, rose to $3.50 by November 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Although prices had already spiked upward prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, that invasion has caused further increases, reaching a national average of $4.98 per gallon this week. At many gas stations, people are paying well upwards of $5.00 a gallon to fill up their tank.

Eighty-two percent (82%) say rising gasoline prices are a serious problem for their personal budget, including 60% who say higher gas prices are a “very serious problem.”

These findings have changed little since March.

To see survey question wording, click here. 

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