YNN/Marist College poll: Gas prices hurting NY families
Across the nation, people are feeling the pinch at the gas pump. A YNN/Marist College poll shows that even in New York, the cost of fuel is putting a dent in family's budgets. Josh Robin reports on the exclusive numbers.
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NEW YORK STATE -- The gas fumes aren't the only thing making drivers sick to their stomach. It's the cost of filling up.
"Let's just say that I'm going into the supermarket and I can't afford to buy as much as I normally would," one person said.
"Credit card bills, gas and food. And I don't know which is worse," said another.
"I'm in the car business down here and it's all everybody is talking about," said another person.
And talking through gritted teeth. More than three-quarters of respondents, 78 percent, say they feel a great deal or moderate amount of financial strain from the pump. Just 22 percent report no strain at all or not at all.
"The lower the income, the more severe the impact on the financial impact for families. That's not surprising, but it certainly drives home just how significant these numbers are for people," Marist pollster Lee Miringoff said.
It's a worse problem upstate. But in the city, drivers are also upset. Especially those who do it for a living.
"The feeling is bad, but what you can do? You have to try or you drive more. You try to survive because you don't get choice," taxi driver Patris C. Larrieux said.
And 58 percent of respondents say gas prices has changed their driving habits, while 42 percent say it hasn't.
The good news is that some think gas prices have peaked. The threat of conflict with Iran has cooled and futures on gas prices have fallen.
Most say they won't let high costs stop summer fun. Sixty-four percent say they're not likely to alter their summer vacation plans and 35 percent say it's likely it will. One percent aren't sure.
"No summer plans at all this year. I'm definitely staying close to home. I'll definitely be making my backyard my getaway this year," one person said.
"We're holding off on particular plans until we see how this works out. Things are on hold. I think that's the story of the economy. Everybody is just holding their breath," said another.