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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.

As it is, 87% of Americans say they are paying more for gas than they were last summer and expect to pay even more six months from now.

Most Americans also fear that the political unrest roiling Arab nations like Egypt and Libya may get America into another big war Just 29% think a change of government in any of these countries will be good for the United States, but 67% still say America should not get involved.

The majority of Americans want to end foreign aid to all Arab nations in the Middle East.

Still, 76% of voters feel it is generally good for America when dictators in other countries are replaced with leaders selected in free and fair elections. 

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.  We poll on a variety of topics in the fields of politics, business and lifestyle, updating our site's content on a news cycle throughout the day, everyday.

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Scott Rasmussen , president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

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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