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Poll Finds Californians Say High Gas Prices Are A Serious Matter

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Sacramento, CA –The high price of gasoline is a serious matter for Californians, many of whom say they are cutting back on spending for clothing, food, dining out and other items, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Field Poll found that 71 percent of the state’s residents consider gas prices to be a serious matter. Women and younger residents are the most concerned about the high price at the pump.

A majority of Californians blame oil companies for the high price of fuel. But many also fault the Bush administration, oil producing countries and Americans who drive gas-guzzling cars.

Only 13 percent of Californians say they are relying more on public transportation. Gas prices, which have been rising throughout the summer, have soared in recent days after Hurricane Katrina knocked out several refineries in the Gulf states.