Voters Believe Gas Prices Pose Serious Threat to Recovery, Poll Shows

50% of voters think Obama could do more to bring down gas prices but believe he does not want to for environmental reasons

Fox News
- WASHINGTON -- A large majority of American voters think gas prices pose a major threat to the nation's economic recovery, according to a FOX News poll released Monday.

Nearly half of the voters surveyed, or 47 percent, said high gas prices present an "extremely" serious threat to the economy, while another 40 percent said they consider it a "somewhat" serious threat

60% of Republicans think high prices at the pump are an "extremely" serious threat to economic recovery -- nearly twice as many as the 33 percent of Democrats who think so, according to the poll

Who do voters blame most for the rising prices? Big oil companies top the list (19 percent), followed by the Obama administration (15 percent), the federal government (nine percent) and OPEC/the Middle East (eight percent). Only two percent blame consumers or excessive driving. Respondents volunteered their answers to this question without being read a list.

Democrats (27 percent) and independents (21 percent) are most likely to blame big oil companies, while Republicans are most likely to fault President Barack Obama (28 percent).

Could the president do more to ease the pain at the pump -- and does he want to? Half of voters (50 percent) think the president could do more to bring down gas prices, but believe he does not want to for environmental reasons