Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Gas Prices

Many Americans do not have the option to alter their modes of transportation when considering rising gas prices

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Hailey Foster Research Analyst, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, March 11, 2022 - A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Americans are either reluctant or unable to alter their modes of transportation, but may change their recreational behaviors, when considering the increasing gas prices.

A majority of Americans (82%) currently pay to fuel a vehicle, and of those, just over three in five (62%) have spent over $51 on gasoline or diesel per week in the past month. If gas prices were to reach between $6 and $7 per gallon, half of Americans indicate they will take less trips by car (49%) and three in five will decrease their recreational driving. Many say that car-pooling (47%), taking public transportation (53%), or walking to work (67%) or for errands (47%) are not an option for them.

Nearly half of Americans say rising gas prices will most impact how they spend their money on meals at restaurants (54%), entertainment (49%), home improvement (47%) and vacations (46%). People are not willing to consider buying an electric vehicle (51%) or to consider moving closer to public transportation or a walkable area (54%) due to rising gas prices. Half of Americans would seriously consider planning a vacation closer to home if fuel prices rise to between $6 and $7 per gallon but have not yet made their minds up whether they would consider cancelling travel plans altogether and choose a different mode of transportation for vacation.

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 9 and March 10, 2022 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The sample includes 433 Democrats, 378 Republicans, and 123 Independents. A sample of 845 people who pay for gasoline/diesel were interviewed. The sample includes 359 Democrats, 346 Republicans, and 101 independents.

The sample was randomly drawn from Ipsos’ online panel, partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing a sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Posthoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education. 

Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1.005 DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=+/-5.3 percentage points).

The poll also has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 6.2 percentage points for Republicans, and plus or minus 10.8 percentage points for independents. 

The poll has a credibility interval of ± 4.1 percentage points for all respondents who pay for gasoline/diesel. The poll also has a credibility interval ± 6.3 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.5 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 11.9 percentage points for independents

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Chris Jackson
Senior Vice President, US
Public Affairs
+1 202 420-2025
[email protected]

Annaleise Lohr
Director, US
Public Affairs
[email protected]

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Hailey Foster Research Analyst, Public Affairs

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