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In an interesting anomaly, two-thirds of Americans are pissed at President Barack Obama over high gas prices yet most say they don’t blame him for their pain at the pump.
A new Reuters/Ipsos online polls shows 68 percent of those who responded disapproving of Obama’s handling of the gas price issue with both Democrats and Republicans saying the President isn’t doing a good job of dealing with the situation but while they feel he should do more they blame oil company greed and other factors. Thirty-six percent blamed the oil companies and another 26 percent cited “other factors” as responsible for the problem for a total of 62 percent laying the blame somewhere else.
Says Ipsos public affairs director Chris Jackson:
Obama is getting heat for it but people aren’t necessarily blaming him for it. 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.
Fuel prices have not traditionally been factors in Presidential elections but if gas prices continue to rise the hike could affect the fragile economic recovery and that could spell trouble for Obama.
The polls has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points.