For any politician, the only thing worse than economic pain for the people is people believing the pain is being inflicted intentionally.
And when it comes to gas prices, that is exactly where the Biden administration is right now.
A new poll has found that most people believe the Biden team is letting gas prices rise intentionally in order to get the country off of fossil fuels.
Breitbart News reports:
Poll: Most Believe Biden Admin Allowing Gas Prices to Rise to Get Americans off Fossil Fuels
Most voters believe the Biden administration is allowing gas prices to rise to force Americans to use less fossil fuel, a Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group survey released Friday found.
The survey asked, “Do you believe the Biden Administration is intentionally letting gas prices rise to make Americans use less fossil fuels?”
Most, 53 percent, said “yes,” they believe the Biden administration is allowing it to happen purposely to force Americans to use less fossil fuel. Another 39.6 percent, however, do not believe that is the case, and 7.4 percent are unsure.
Opinions are divided along party lines. Over three-quarters of Republicans, 77.3 percent, and 56.5 percent of independents believe the Biden administration is deliberately allowing gas prices to rise for those purposes. Most Democrats, 68.7 percent, disagree and do not believe the administration is doing so.
The survey was taken May 25-29, 2022, among 1,091 likely general election voters and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent. It comes as gas prices broke yet another record high on Friday, jumping to $4.986 overnight, according to AAA. That reflects a 22 cent rise in the last week and a 61 cent rise in the last month.
Maybe the reason people believe this is because members of the Biden administration keep coming right out and saying it.
To support the transition to electric vehicles, we must build a national charging network that makes finding a charge as easy as filling up at a gas station.
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) June 9, 2022
In a Senate hearing Biden Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says "the critical thing is we become more dependent on the wind and the sun"
A good reminder that they CHOSE this transition, and the pain is the point. pic.twitter.com/klCfeRztMI
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 7, 2022
Biden’s Energy Secretary on high gas prices:
"We're working through an energy transition…The reality is, we have to take some time to get off of oil and gas, we recognize this. This is a transition." pic.twitter.com/ZOCJIdZCa5
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 3, 2022
Joe Biden: "When it comes to the gas prices, we're going through an INCREDIBLE transition" pic.twitter.com/8TGnc7vFa8
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 23, 2022
You can’t blame people for thinking it’s intentional when members of the Biden administration keep saying it out loud.