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Poll: Obama Dodges Blame for Gas Prices

Bloomberg BusinessWeek -- On Monday I wrote about how the White House, in releasing its energy progress report and going on the TV news circuit to talk about it, was trying to deflect attention from Republicans’ latest attack line: blaming the Obama administration for rising prices at the pump.

Guess what? It turns out that most Americans don’t actually blame the President for the high gas prices—at least so far. This, according to a Bloomberg National Poll out today. (More on the poll from my colleague Mike Dorning). Sixty-six percent of the 1,002 adults surveyed say that “the oil companies and Middle East nations who are taking advantage of [tensions with Iran] to make more money” are most responsible for higher gas prices.


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Submitted Mar 14, 2012 By: SovietSunrise
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ssperkin
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:52:45 PM

Wait, WHAT? PEOPLE ARE COMING TO THEIR SENSES?! I can have faith in Americans again.
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fuelsaverMN
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:52:29 PM

The PRESIDENT CAN INFLUENCE THE PRICE OF GAS AT THE PUMP.And all you liberals better wake up to whats happening to our country-Unemployment high,obamacare,gas prices,afganistan,and many more problems.
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kelly1016
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:52:23 PM

We export the stuff to you and pay more than you. Is that a conspiracy? Perhaps Obama is trying to make our prices higher too. World price and speculators have no impact eh? Maybe Harper is part of the conspiracy too. Maybe the Queen and the German Chancellor as well their prices are higher than your and ours. Come on folks. Take a break to look at reality.
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Old Timer
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:51:57 PM

We voted Obama in to prove we weren't racist.
NOW, we need to vote him out to prove we aren't idiots!
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sammy518
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:50:15 PM

as he should
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walkingtall
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:48:17 PM

President Obama has little control over gas prices.
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livedream
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:47:55 PM

"Pointing the finger at someone is always the easiest thing to do is it not?"

So true.

Who actually determines and gives the price set order?? Ask your local gas station attendant where that order comes from.
Yeah, it's the oil companies. Not the White House.
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Rappcommuter
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:47:43 PM

He can't control prices, but he can influence prices through his policies or lack there of.
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GrahamTurismo
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:46:09 PM

Honestly... how can anyone believe that Obama has any influence over gas prices? I'm sure he's the one manipulating the numbers so that everyone in Europe has to pay more than we do. Seriously people, get a clue.
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Old Timer
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:46:07 PM

Lets not forget the speculators.
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DrLyon
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:46 PM

Presidents have little control over BIG OIL.....
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:40 PM

Blah Blah Blah
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ericbcire
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:34 PM

He's not helping either.
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GrahamTurismo
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:11 PM

I don't know why I bother reading these posts. So many ignorant repubs in here that just want to point the finger at "that damn black president who ruins everything," it's quite sickening. I'm not a blind Obama follower by any means, but at least I'm not a blind Obama hater...
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kelly1016
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:43:01 PM

I do not agree with you people that the President has much influence on world price for oil. We export to you and have a very conservative PM and we pay more than you for gas.
The levers of "influence " you refer to are state intervention into the pricing of commodities. While I have no issue with this, it. Is a form of Socialism. If he intervenes in oil why not the price of food. How about housing?
I have read the howls from you Americans regarding Medicare. This is something most countries take for granted as a basic human need but you accuse him of being Socialist and a traitor. By the way Socialism is not the dirty word you think. Market Socialism is a very viable form of government. Look at Norway and Sweden as examples.
If oil is too much for you and you think the state should set the price, admit you are a closet Socialist. It is liberating. You can then accept other more neccisary commodities being controlled such as food and drug prices.
I forgot to say, just so know I am not a fan of Obama. He appears to be very anti Canada. He constantly favors the USAover us even to the point of stealing our jobs.

[Edited by: kelly1016 at 3/14/2012 9:47:17 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:42:11 PM

We all need to pay our fair share, even if we're barely making ends meet week after week. It's the American way. Now go eat carrot sticks and celery while I dine on some lobster tails drowned in butter with a side of grade A steak and sweet potato fries that only set us back $10k a plate.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:39:59 PM

He sure hasn't done much to curtail the speculators so you could say he has done harm by not doing anything. Even if the speculators are the only ones who cause the rise in prices he has the responsibility to the public as a whole and to protect the public from those who would harm the US citizens whether they be foreign or domestic.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:39:53 PM

BULL FIRE HIM
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:37:49 PM

Pass the buck great strategy nobama. We have to vote this clown out in November!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:34:48 PM

"Beam me up Scotty, no sign of intelligent life down here"
Must be some new weed on the streets.
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CISA
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:32:55 PM

Ah, the man who wants gas prices to go UP--- let' s vote for him so we can have higher prices still!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:32:23 PM

When you pick who you want and pencil whip your numbner you can make them do whatever you want. I have never seen a President that never takes blame for anything it is always someone else fault. Yet he turns around and takes credit for all the up tick in drill for which he never sign premits ofr that was done by Bush, Clition and others not him .
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:29:10 PM

I agree, with some of you, that President Obama influences the price of gas by his actions ( or lack therof). Approve the Keystone pipeline!
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hagar2935
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:25:35 PM

WRONG!!!!!!! The actual poll numbers show that 86% of ACTUAL LIKELY voters blame Obama and his Administration for a FAILED energy policy that resulted in INCREASED fuel costs and related inflation!!!!!

STOP DRINKING THE LIBERAL MEDIA OBAMA KOOL-AID..... it is written with a poisoned pen! ONLY MORONS believe this Administration cares one single whit about you the voter!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:22:34 PM

they did not ask me. It is his fault. He takes credit for good things that he has nothing to do with, but never for bad stuff.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:21:19 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:20:45 PM

This is a very small sampling for a representative poll. I wonder what the partisan representation was in this poll.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:17:30 PM

Greed is the real reason. The big question is whose?
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larharris2
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:15:39 PM

The President can't CONTROL prices, but he sure has some influence over them. Obama is a DOPE. - or else he is a very clever, evil man. Either way, we've got to get rid of him.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:14:32 PM

As I said during the bush/cheney regime -- the president has little control over the price of gas (and oil). Those are determined my market forces, aided by the deregulation of the energy and financial industries, courtesy of the GOP congress and Bill Clinton.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:12:36 PM

I agree with pcon34.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:04:13 PM

of course he does.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:03:48 PM

Just means that a lot of people are not paying attention to what his policies are!!!
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 8:00:04 PM

Obama supporters continue to be blinded by the lip service of their almighty savior.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:59:29 PM

Is what the market will bear, who's to blame?
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:59:15 PM

Can't blame Obama. Oil is a WORLD commodity. Any new oil that is pumped in the US will sell at the going world price. Also demand for gas is down. We are exporting record amounts of gas/diesel/fuel oil. So any new drilling will NOT change gas prices. ONLY GOP morons say it will.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:56:03 PM

you can dodge but the facts are still there, what have you done to solve this gas pump pain
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:55:42 PM

ok
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pcon34
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:55:32 PM

The current state of gas prices relationship to government is that government has chosen not to get involved in regulating this part of the commodities market. When gas and oil prices are set due to wealthy individuals using these commodities as a hedge against declining value of currency, it is wrong.

Gas and oil prices should be impacted solely by items that directly related to the drilling of oil and the production of gasoline and the transportation of these items to market.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:52:57 PM

Time To Get Rid Of The Speculators...
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:52:34 PM

Administration is not to blame, it's greed oil companies and speculators
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:52:27 PM

Learned some tricks from Slick Willy.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:46:38 PM

I am almost surprised that Mr Obama did not try to blame the Republicans or George Bush for the high prices.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:46:09 PM

allot of people profiting by speculating . i think his wage is set
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:44:04 PM

Speculators is the problem.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:43:48 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:40:34 PM

And Bloomberg trying to tell us that their poll of 1002 people represents over 300 Million people - they need to fix their problems too
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:38:15 PM

"Hope and change"? "Transparency"? Der Fuhrer Obama is as slimy as politicians come.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:36:14 PM

They will.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:34:29 PM

Let's not forget that on the day we elected the tea party into Congress in 2010, the average price of gasoline was about $2.70 a gallon, nationally. It hasn't been anywhere close to that since. You all can vote against Obama all you want. But don't expect anything to change at the gas stations until you get those tea party bastards out on the street.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:34:25 PM

Gas prices are up and probably will stay up for the benefit of OPEC and the oil companies. If President Obama could bring gas prices down I believe he would.
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2012 7:33:01 PM

SHOULD
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