Washington Post Poll

The Washington Post
Thursday, May 24, 2007

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 17-21, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults. The results have margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by ICR-International Communications Research of Media, Pa.

* = less than 0.5 percent

1. Thinking about how much driving you do, would you say that in the weeks ahead you'll be driving more, less, or about the same amount as you usually do?

                                Don't drive /     No
           More   Less   Same   no car (vol.)   opinion
5/21/07     12     18     61          9            *
7/19/06     12     15     63         10            1
5/15/06     11     30     56          4            *
9/2/05       3     50     44          3            1

2. (IF LESS, Q1) Why is that? What's the main reason you think you'll be driving less?

          Price    Work/vacation   Health       Staying home/               No  
          of gas     schedule      reasons   Not going out much   Other   opinion
5/21/07     63           6           7               11            15        0
7/19/06     67          15           4                4             9        1


1/2 NET

                 -----------------------Less----------------------        Don't drive/    No
          More   NET  Price  Schedule  Health  Staying home  Other  Same   no car (vol.)  op.
5/21/07    12    18    11       1         1          2         2     61          9         *
7/19/06    12    15    10       2         1          1         1     63         10         1

3. Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? IF YES: Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?

            --------------Yes--------------
            NET     Serious     Not serious     No      No opinion
5/21/07     58         27            30         42          *
4/15/07     67         36            31         33          *
7/19/06     60         29            30         39          1
5/15/06     57         31            26         43          * 
4/9/06      70         44            26         30          * 
9/11/05     64         34            30         36          *
8/28/05     66         36            30         34          * 
8/21/05     53         26            27         47          *
4/24/05     64         34            30         36          *
3/20/05     57         29            28         43          *
5/23/04     64         37            27         36          0
4/18/04     54         31            23         46          0
4/28/02     53         20            33         47          *
4/29/01     48         17            30         52          *
6/25/00*    44         NA            NA         56          *
5/24/00     36                                  64          *
4/2/00      39                                  61          *
3/12/00     41                                  59          *
2/15/00     40         "             "          60          *
*6/25 and previous by Gallup; slightly different wordings.

4. How are you mainly paying for the added cost of gasoline - spending less on other things, saving less, borrowing more on a credit card or other loan, or what?

          Spend  Save  Borrow   All    Other   Not paying      Don't         No
          less   less   more   (vol.)  (vol.)  more (vol.)  drive (vol.)   opinion
5/21/07    43     22      7      2        8         8            6            3
7/19/06    39     20     10      5       12         6            5            3
8/21/05    45     21     10      3       12         7            2            1

5. (AMONG DRIVERS) What price per gallon would gasoline have to reach for you to significantly cut back on the amount of driving you do?

                               Already have/it's        No
            Mean    Median     already there (vol.)   opinion
5/21/07     $4.38    $4.00          14                  11 
7/19/06     $4.16    $3.50          20                  17 

6. Will you be taking any summer vacation trips this year that involve long-distance driving or not?

          Yes     No     No opinion
5/21/07    28     70          3

7. (IF NO, Q6) Is that (because you just don't take that kind of trip), (because of the price of gasoline), or for some other reason?

           Don't take that   Price              No
            kind of trip     of gas   Other   opinion
5/21/07          25            42       33       1


6/7 NET 
                ----------------No---------------    
                      Don't take   Price              No
          Yes   NET   that trip    of gas   Other   opinion
5/21/07    28    70       17         29       23       3

8. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the price of gasoline in your area? (IF DISSATISFIED: Are you angry about the price of gasoline, or dissatisfied but not angry?

                          ----- Dissatisfied -----      No
            Satisfied     NET     Angry     Dissat.   opinion
5/21/07         6         92        43        48         2
8/21/05         5         94        44        51         *

9. As you may know, gasoline prices have increased recently in many parts of the country. What do you think is the main reason gas prices have gone up?

                                 5/21/07
Oil companies/greed/profit         33
Iraq war                           15
Political reasons                   8
Supply - less gas available 
   or gas production problems       8
Bush administration                 7
Demand - people driving more        3
Market forces                       2
OPEC/foreign oil producers          4
Time of year/season                 2
Other                               6
No opinion                         12

10. If you drive, what kind of vehicle do you usually drive - a car, an SUV, a pickup truck, a van or mini-van, or what?

                          Pickup     Van/      Something      Don't          No
           Car     SUV    truck     Minivan      else       drive (vol.)   opinion
5/21/07     52      16      15        10           1            6             1
8/21/05     55      15      15        10           2            3             *
3/20/05     56      18      17         5           1            3             *


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