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Wednesday, 06 July 2022 15:12

Most Americans Expect Higher Gas Prices This Year as They Struggle to Make Ends Meet, Polls Show

Written by Casey Harper, The Center Square

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Despite already paying record high gas prices in June, most Americans expect prices to get even worse, a new poll showed.

Rasmussen Reports released the poll, which found 59% of those surveyed said it is “very likely they’ll be paying even more for a gallon of gas in six months than they are today.”

 

That came after gas prices hit record highs this year, topping $5 per gallon for regular gas nationwide in June before dipping down to its current national average of $4.80. Diesel also hit a record high in June before slightly decreasing.

 

“The past six months have seen a dramatic increase in gasoline prices, most Americans expect the cost to continue rising,” Rasmussen said. “The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 89% of American Adults say they're paying more for a gallon of gas today compared to six months ago, and 78% think it’s likely those prices will continue to climb over the next six months.”

 

The poll came at the same time the Monmouth University Polling Institute released a new poll showing Americans are feeling the pain of those gas prices, as well as inflation, which also has soared in recent months.

 

“The number of Americans who are financially struggling has increased by double digits in the past year as inflation and gas prices top the list of problems faced by the nation’s families,” Monmouth said.

 

The poll found even those earning above average salaries are struggling.

 

“More than four in 10 Americans (42%) say they are struggling to remain where they are financially,” the group said. “This is the first time since Monmouth started asking the question five years ago that the number topped...


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