Democrat Constituents Suffering from High Gas Prices

It should come as no surprise that high gas prices are causing Americans to make significant changes.  Last week, a USA Today/ Gallup poll found 67% of Americans are suffering from “financial hardship” because of the high prices.  Another Gallup poll found that 53% of Americans say they have made “major changes in their personal lives.”

High gas prices have a disproportionate impact on lower income Americans.  According to Gallup, 68% of those making less than $30,000 per year report having made major changes.  During the past decade, this same demographic has overwhelmingly supported Democrats in national elections.

Unfortunately, Democrats have consistently opposed expanding America’s domestic energy production, especially when it comes to oil and natural gas.  Consider President Bill Clinton’s veto of a measure in 1995 that would have opened ANWR for oil and natural gas production.  A government analysis suggests ANWR production could reach nearly 1.5 million barrels per day.

That’s a lot of oil – enough to make a difference in the price at the pump.

Appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal (jump to 8:00), the head of the government Energy Information Administration said the conflict in Libya was a major cause of the recent run up in oil prices.  The number of barrels offline because of the Libya conflict: approximately 1.5 million barrels per day.

Will this most recent rise in gas prices force this reliable Democrat voting block to reconsider its position?  If they are concerned about the price of gasoline, jobs and the future of America’s economy, it should.


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