Survey: Americans Expect $4/Gal. Gas by July

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January 31, 2011 by   1 Comment

Americans are having a little more fun behind the wheel these days.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Adults now view driving a car as something they really enjoy as opposed to just something they have to do to get from one place to another. That’s up from 39% in a survey a year ago, according to a news release.

Most Americans (51%) still regard driving primarily as a way to get from Point A to Point B, but that’s down five points from 56% in January of last year.

Most men (53%) enjoy driving. For most women (59%), it’s chiefly a way to get somewhere. Adults under 30 enjoy driving more than their elders.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on Jan. 20-21, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research.

Americans are no more inclined to buy a new or used car now than they were a year ago, but among those who are in the auto market Ford comes out just ahead of its American competitors.

Americans who enjoy driving are much more likely to buy or lease a car in the coming year, compared to those who see driving more as a chore.

Nearly nine-out-of-10 Americans say they are paying more for gas than they were last summer and expect to pay even more six months from now. Most say $4-a-gallon gas is likely by July 1.

Yet despite concerns about the rising price of gas, the majority of Americans still aren’t likely to buy an electric car in the next 10 years.

When looking for a car, adults nationwide now say buying American-made is as important as finding the best deal.

For the Rasmussen report on the study (including the option to purchase study details), see

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One Response to “Survey: Americans Expect $4/Gal. Gas by July”

  1. Zeth Watts on February 1st, 2011 11:29 am

    I don’t understand how RV sales can be predicted to increase when gas is expected to reach $4/gallon. Wouldn’t consumers be apprehensive about pulling an RV, or driving a gas guzzler? What motorhomes get good gas mileage? We operate in travel trailers and 5th wheels so I don’t know much about motorhomes.