Americans angry with Obama over gas prices

More than 2/3 of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling high gasoline prices, although most do not blame him for them, according to a Reuters/Ipsos online poll released on Tuesday.  And 68% disapprove and 24% approve of how Obama is responding to price increases that have become one of the biggest issues in the 2012 presidential campaign.

U.S. fuel prices have jumped about $0.30 per gallon to about $3.90 and the Republicans seeking to replace the Democrat in the November 6 election have seized upon the issue to attack his energy policies.  The disapproval reaches across the party lines which looks like trouble for Obama’s re-election campaign.

“Obama is getting heat for it but people aren’t necessarily blaming him for it,” said Chris Jackson, research director for Ipsos public affairs. 

Eighty-nine percent of Republicans said they disapproved, as did 52 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents.

“People are unhappy that they are having to pay $3.90 a gallon. They want somebody to be able to lash out at and the president is as good a person as anybody,” Jackson said.

Reuters

Yet overall 36% say “oil companies that want to make too much profit” deserve the most blame for higher energy prices. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans said so, as did 44 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents.  But 26% say there are other factors also, why prices are so high, oil companies, politicians, foreign countries that dominate oil reserves and environmentalists who want to limit oil exploration.

ThenRepublicans are hitting Obama hard for his decision to block TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL Canada-to-Texas pipeline as a sign that his energy priorities are hurting America.  Hoping to appease voters, Obama toured U.S. oil country last week to tout his “all of the above” energy strategy that includes room for oil and gas development in addition to support for renewable fuels.  Reuters

While in Oklahoma, he pledged to accelerate approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans immediately dismissed the campaign-style stop as a stunt, saying Obama does not have the authority to really jump start the project.  In the past, fuel price spikes never effected presidential elections, but perhaps this time, if we are lucky it will.  We can’t take 4 more years, vote him out of office!!!!!

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