Are President Joe Biden and his administration to blame for the astronomical gas prices that Americans are experiencing?
The answer seems to be a resounding “yes,” at least according to a new poll from the Trafalgar Group.
From May 25 to May 29, the pollster surveyed some 1,091 “likely general election voters, asking them one key question: “do you believe that the Biden Administration is intentionally letting gas prices rise to make Americans use less fossil fuels?”
The majority answered in the affirmative.
Overall, 53% of participants expressed their belief that Biden and his administration are, indeed, letting gas prices soar in order to force Americans to turn to fossil fuel alternatives. That’s the clear majority, with 39.6% expressing their belief that Biden is not doing this, and 7.4% indicating that they are “not sure.”
As might be expected, party affiliation has a significant impact on the results. When the poll results are reduced to only Democrats, only 24.8% answered the question affirmatively, while 68.7% said “no,” and 6.5% said, “not sure.”
In contrast, 77.3% of Republicans said “yes,” while only 12.9% said “no,” and 9.8% said, “not sure.”
Finally, among those with “no party” affiliation or “other,” 56.5% answered “yes,” 37.6% answered “no,” and 5.9% answered, “not sure.”
It’s worth noting that this poll was taken nearly two weeks ago, and that in terms of energy prices, things have only gotten worse since then.
Over the weekend, for example, Fox Business reports that “the national average retail price for regular gasoline hit $5 per gallon on Saturday for the first time in over two decades.” This came after oil prices reached $120 per barrel.
The causes of these astronomical prices are manifold, including the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. But, one cannot leave out the fact that the Biden administration, from day one, enacted energy policies that have restricted the production of gas and oil thereby pushing the prices up. The first indication of this was Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.
It is Biden’s approach to energy that has led to the idea that Biden and his administration are forcing the price of gas and oil up as part of the left’s climate change agenda to get Americans to turn to alternative energy sources. Based on the poll results, Americans clearly believe that this is the best explanation for what is going on, and that’s because it is.