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89% Think Arab Unrest Likely To Cause A Jump in Gas Prices

Americans overwhelmingly believe the current political unrest in the Arab world will make them pay a lot more at the pump.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 89% of Adults think it is at least somewhat likely that the unrest will significantly increase the cost of gasoline, including 74% who say it is Very Likely. Just six percent (6%) see that outcome as unlikely, with one percent (1%) who say it is Not At All Likely that gas prices will go up in a big way. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

This is one question over which there is little disagreement. Sizable majorities across all demographic categories think a significant increase in the cost of gas is a likely byproduct of the growing political unhappiness in the Arab world. 

Earlier this month, voters had the same fear regarding the political crisis in Egypt. 

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on February 21-22, 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, LLC. See methodology. 

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