Although there has been much debate about the economic and political effects of rising gasoline...

Although there has been much debate about the economic and political effects of rising gasoline costs, studies indicate that while consumers get angry, the issue doesn't have a particularly big influence on whom they'll vote for. A major reason is that there is division as to whether politicians are even responsible.

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  • DaLatin
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    Who manages these SA flashes. Media Matters ? NY Times ! David Axelrod ? Any help here ? I am hearing different opinions on t/v as I type an it seems the administration seems to be pounding the news with gasoline chatter. Flash doesn't seem to fit the reality > hmmmm
    18 Mar 2012, 05:42 AM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    I'll rather pay $3.70 per gallon and have a job, than pay $2.50 and be unemployed (W. Bush).
    18 Mar 2012, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • DaLatin
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    I take the bus... Go away... Your picture shows a human,but, your clearly a lying bot
    18 Mar 2012, 05:44 PM Reply Like
  • BlueCollarBlueDog
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    The comment did source the NYT.
    For all the comfortable politicians:
    "It's the (household) economy, stupid."
    18 Mar 2012, 05:58 AM Reply Like
  • DaLatin
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    Thanks Blue, I don't see colors anymore an didn't see the links.Just saw the flash. Now it is clearer ! Obama is on t/v now slamming politicians touting cheaper gas. Guess the Times isn't following there boy.
    18 Mar 2012, 06:09 AM Reply Like
  • Conventional Wisdumb
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    This is a reeducation camp style thought piece from the NYTimes for all you idiots out there who are angry with Obama - you must understand your anger with gas prices is irrational and therefore you must not let it affect your vote.


    They call this a news story? Where were these stories when Bush was President?


    What a joke the so-called "Paper of Record" has become.


    When people are angry they take it out on the incumbent. High gas prices increase anger. It's not that complicated.
    18 Mar 2012, 12:03 PM Reply Like
  • scarlo
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    I was actually in one of these studies. Last month the Obama administration was paying for focus groups around the country to review whether folks were blaming/going to blame the administration for high/er gas prices. Our group was a smart(er) group of independent style voters and most did not put much blame on the administration, and we were all surprised to be shown the Department of Energy statistics on how much oil imports have dropped over the last 3 years (whether that's Obama's fault or not is another matter).
    18 Mar 2012, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    In that article: "Independent voters in areas where prices climbed highest reported a significantly more negative view of the health of the economy and were less likely to vote for incumbents."


    That implies Obama would be very foolish not to address rising gasoline prices. That he now appears to think it is a non-issue could be his undoing in November.
    18 Mar 2012, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • E-mini_Trader
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    As Peter Schiff points out, "deficits cause the fed to buy more treasuries, so they can issue more currency, which devalues the dollar, which causes oil to rise in price. That places the blame squarely on the politicians who are not working to seriously cut spending.
    19 Mar 2012, 01:57 AM Reply Like
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