Bad News GOP: Only 25% of Americans Believe Obama Can Influence Gas Prices

The Republican strategy of using gas prices against Obama took a hit today as a Suffolk University poll found that only 25% of respondents believe Obama has a lot of influence on gas prices.

When the Suffolk University poll asked likely voters how much influence the president has on gas prices, the results were not good news for the Republicans. Twenty five percent said that the president has a lot of influence on gas prices. (Hello, Fox News viewers). Twenty seven percent said the president has some influence over gas prices. Another twenty seven percent has a little influence on gas prices, and nineteen percent said the president has no influence on gas prices. Two percent of respondents were undecided.

Republicans have spent the last few weeks trying to blame President Obama for the high price of gas. After his victory in the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney said, “After the years of too many apologies and not enough jobs, historic drops in income and historic highs in gas prices, of a President who doesn’t hesitate to use all means necessary to force Obamacare on the American public but leads from behind in world affairs, it’s time to say, ‘Enough!’”

The problem for Republicans is that back in 2008, they were telling America that the president isn’t to blame for gas prices.

Here is how Fox News covered the last big spike in gas prices in 2008:

In 2008, the right was telling the American people to conserve energy, and that then President Bush doesn’t set the price of gas. It is side splittingly hysterical to hear Fox News argue for conservation, tell people to get rid of their gas guzzlers, use more mass transit and less oil.

The Republican attempt to use gas prices against Obama in 2012 is being undermined by the messaging that they used in 2008 to defend George W. Bush. The American people aren’t buying that President Obama is responsible for the increase in gas prices, because back in 2008 the right told them that the president isn’t responsible for gas prices.

This is especially bad news for Mitt Romney, who has dutifully added a segment to his daily stump speech that blames President Obama for the rising gas prices. Even worse news for Romney is that even as the price of gas has gone up, President Obama’s approval rating has risen to 52%, and he now holds a 10 point lead over his likely Republican challenger.

The American people aren’t as dumb as the Republican Party thinks they are. No matter how bad Republicans might want them to, they aren’t going to vote President Obama out of office because of the price of gas.

The GOP better start drilling for another issue, because the gas prices well has just come up empty.

7 Replies to “Bad News GOP: Only 25% of Americans Believe Obama Can Influence Gas Prices”

  1. I have been using my FB page to “drill” the facts about all presidents’ inability to control gas prices into the heads of my FB “friends,” many of whom are conservatives. I’ve been hoping that I have been of some use in educating them on this issue. Maybe the efforts of many democrats and sane conservatives to rebut the lies is having an impact. I certainly hope so.

  2. Ironically, as I scrolled down the article, whose face did I see? That of Rupert Murdoch, the Mouth of Sauron himself! Is his influence waning in inverse proportion to the growth of his infamy? That’s one good reason not to let the old FOX give us the slip now!*

    *My apologies to Vulpes fulva, Vulpes vulpes, Urocyon sspp., et: they are much too cute and clever to be compared with old Rupert, even if they have profited by many of my chickens.

  3. See, the thing is, the majority of Americans aren’t (I *sincerely* hope) as stupid as the Republican party believes they are. However, the hardcore base of the party, stuck in the Fox News echo chamber, are *exactly* that stupid (well, ignorant really). So, in order to get nominated as a Republican, it is necessary for a candidate to run so ridiculously far to the right that there is almost no way that they can credibly walk back close enough to the center to actually win a general election. The Republican party has nobody to blame but themselves for their current predicament. They let the lunatic fringe take over the party. They are the ones that have been actively courting the birthers, the tea partiers, the southerners who are still smarting over losing the civil war, and the generally low information, racist, nitwits. Hopefully they will get what they deserve.

    The really sad thing is that there are real, credible, honest, sane center-right policy positions that they *could* be taking. As it is, it seems like we have one political party and one crazy religious cult. How else can you explain a group of people who came up with the idea of an individual mandate as the *conservative* solution for health care reform, and now claim that its un-American, un-constitutional, tyrannical, and obviously socialism?

  4. I am very curious about this poll. After almost thirty years of listening to the GOP telling us that oil prices are set according to supply and demand and that they are outside the control of both the government and the oligopical oil companies,

    WHO ARE THE 25% who believe the government has a lot of influence over oil prices?

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