Most Floridians favor increasing domestic oil production to lower gas prices, poll finds
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As of Monday, the average price of gasoline is set at $4.27 per gallon.

Nearly three in four Floridians are in favor of increasing domestic oil production if it means lowering the price of gasoline. That’s according to a recently released poll conducted by researchers from the University of South Florida and Florida International University.

The poll, which surveyed 600 Floridians from July 2 through July 10, found that most residents have been significantly impacted by the rising price of gasoline — and are not satisfied with what’s being done to address the problem. Quotas were stratified by region of the state for geographical representativeness, and respondents were selected via stratified, quota sampling to ensure a representative sample (gender, age, race/ethnicity, education and party affiliation mirroring that of the state).

The survey found that 83% of Floridians are spending “a lot more” on gas than they were a year ago. As of Monday, the average price of gasoline is set at $4.27 per gallon, according to AAA.

And the rising prices are affecting the spending habits of Floridians.

Over half of Floridians, 51%, say they have changed travel or vacation plans in the past year due to the price of gas. More than three-quarters of respondents say gas prices have led to less money available for discretionary spending.

Even more seriously, slightly over a third of Floridians, 38%, say that rising gas prices have affected their ability to pay monthly bills. About a quarter, 28%, say that the price of gas is negatively affecting their ability to get to work on a regular basis.

In response to high gas prices, 43% of Floridians have begun using digital apps to save money on gasoline.

Most Floridians are also dissatisfied with the government’s response to rising gas prices. A majority of Floridians, 65%, are dissatisfied with President Joe Biden, and 75% are dissatisfied with Congress’ handling of gas prices. In addition, 49% and 54% respectively indicated being “very dissatisfied”.

There’s also strong, bipartisan support for policy interventions to lower the price of gasoline. A majority of Floridians, 72%, are in favor of increasing domestic oil production as a means of lowering the price of gasoline. A similar number, 70%, would support a temporary suspension of the U.S. federal gas tax. In each case, majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents support these measures.

The good news: The most recent gas prices are the lowest Florida drivers have seen in two months, since before the late spring spike sent the average soaring to $4.89 in mid-June. The 62-cent-per-gallon drop in prices in about a month’s time equates to a $9 savings when filling a 15-gallon tank in Florida.

The poll results are the second in a series of findings from a statewide survey.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


6 comments

  • PeterH

    July 20, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    The decision to increase oil refineries is left up to the fossil fuel industry.

    In his temporary emergency authority, the President can demand the refineries to produce more gasoline but that is a double edge sword.

    The government directing private industry starts to look like fascism.

    A better solution would be for the fossil fuel industry to voluntarily increase supply without a Washington dictate.

  • Wurtz

    July 21, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Glad to see 70% of Floridians across the board have a brain. Let’s get the pipelines going and offer a more pro-domestic energy pro fossil fuels attitude rather than going overboard with Green Shams like Solyndra. We will have to address the extinction level harm microplastics are causing instead of making a villain out of gasoline.

  • Bob Rogers

    July 26, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    It’s less the amount of oil pumped vs the refinery capacity in the US which is the critical factor. Since 2019 US refinery capacity has fallen 10% with no new capacity planned or under construction. One bad hurricane season on the gulf coast could create huge increases in gas/diesel prices and widespread fuel shortages.

  • Phil Morton

    July 27, 2022 at 4:13 am

    A gallon of gas is 50 cents cheaper in Georgia than Florida. If you want a politician to blame for high gas prices, look no further than Ron DeSantis and the Republican Legislature.

    • Antonio

      July 27, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      That is ridiculous. Do you blame Gavin Newsom for the extremely high gas prices in California? Gas was an average of $2.39 when Biden took office. He campaigned on reducing fossil fuels and his policies have driven this. High gas prices are on the Biden administration. We are an oil producing nation, we should not be in this position.

      • Phil Morton

        July 28, 2022 at 2:22 am

        American gas prices are among the cheapest in the world right now. Joe Biden did that.

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