Empower Wisconsin | June 13, 2022
President Biden has a gas problem.
A new poll by Convention of States Action finds a majority of American voters (53%) believe the Biden administration is intentionally letting gas prices climb to force Americans to use less fossil fuels. Less than 40% of those surveyed don’t think the administration is allowing gas prices to soar for political ends.
The poll of more than 1,000 likely 2022 election voters was conducted May 25-29 by renowned pollster The Trafalgar Group.
It was released Friday, as the average price of regular unleaded gasoline flirted with $5 a gallon nationally and as a new report found inflation surged in May to levels not seen in 40-plus years.
“Surging gas prices are creating immense hardships both for everyday Americans and for our economy at large,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. “This stunning data reveals that a majority of voters believe our gas crisis is by design. Specifically, that President Biden is intentionally allowing gas prices to continue to rise in order to advance the political agenda of Washington, DC special interests.”
Late last month, Biden said rapidly rising gas prices were part of “an incredible transition that is taking place” as his administration pushes an anti-fossil fuels agenda en route to its carbon neutral promises.
Biden’s green dream is not sitting well with Americans feeling the pain at the pumps — and just about everywhere else.
“I don’t believe a word he says,” a woman named Teresa told Fox Business just days before Memorial Day. “He’s been in the business for 40-something years and hasn’t done too much.”
“Start drilling again. Do something,” she continued. “We can’t be the only ones trying to save the world. If we’re getting our oil from somewhere let it be right here at home.”
Meanwhile, the cost of everything else is going up.
On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a consumer price index that showed prices soaring 8.6% in May, much higher than analysts had expected.
Energy prices are up a whopping 35% on the year, with oil up 17%. Fuel oil prices have surged 107% over the past 12 months.
Consequently, Biden’s approval ratings have sunk to record lows. The latest poll from Quinnipiac University finds the president’s approval rating at just 33%. Less than a quarter (22%) of young Americans, ages 18-34, and 24% of Hispanic voters approve of Biden’s performance.
“The hard-to-fathom, surreal idea that Washington, DC is working against the American people explains why Biden’s poll numbers are in the tank,” Meckler said. “The coming midterm elections are not a referendum on one party or another, but rather a moment of national accountability in which those seeking election – or reelection – will have to prove their willingness to fight for solutions that once again benefit the American people.”