While public polls might not be the most scientific way of determining future gas/oil prices, it sure is a sign that people are pretty pessimistic about the future. That, and it sounds like they’re already planning for it with their spending habits.
Most see gas hitting $4 in 2008
Friday, November 23, 2007
BY DARREL ROWLAND
Bit by bit, many central Ohioans are changing their habits to cope with high energy prices, a new survey for The Dispatch by Saperstein Associates shows.
A whopping 82 percent foresee $4-a-gallon gasoline within a year.
Already, almost three-fourths say high gasoline prices are causing them at least “somewhat serious” problems. More than a third say they have cut back on holiday travel plans and almost twice as many are driving less overall.
Perhaps the biggest change for Columbus-area residents has come at home: Three-fourths are adjusting their thermostats to save energy — and money.