The PJ Tatler

Gas Prices "An Important Factor" In Super Tuesday Voting

Obama might be shooting himself in the foot by shooting down the Keystone XL pipeline:

It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.

The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months.


Since this refers to a poll, I’m gonna repeat my poll disclaimer:

Take all political polls with a large grain of salt, especially polls where you do not know the demographic breakdown of respondents. Please do not assume that any given poll is unbiased, or that the sample matches reality, without digging into the details, and maybe not even after digging.

However, this poll seems to match reality fairly closely, since just about everyone except the neo-luddite greens seem to be concerned about rising gas prices.

It’s also a piece of political wisdom that people vote their wallet, and many pundits have already said that rising gas prices could be a big problem for Obama this year. Which makes his doing everything he could to stop the Keystone XL pipeline tantamount to political suicide.

Part of me wants to just stand back and let him complete his political seppuku, but then again, I don’t really wanna be paying $5 at the pump either, so I’m torn.

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