Nearly Half of Americans Want Gas Tax Suspended

Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:02 PM

A new Rasmussen Report shows 48 percent of Americans believe the federal government should temporarily suspend the tax gas as prices continue to skyrocket under President Obama's leadership.

A plurality (48%) of Americans thinks the federal government should eliminate the federal gas tax until gas prices come down.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% don’t think that’s such a good idea, but 12% more aren’t sure.

The new poll comes just ass AAA predicts gas will jump 20-30 cents in the next few weeks, just ahead of "recovery summer" 3.0. Currently, gas prices stand on average at $3.89 per gallon.

AAA says April is when the East Coast switches from winter fuel blends to the more expensive summer fuel blends. And for drivers that means topping off already abnormally high prices.

“What we’re about to see, the increases will just make it even worse but these are typical increase we would see seasonal,” said Ragina Averella, AAA spokeswoman.

Experts expect prices to jump 10 to 20 cents over the next few weeks before spiking in mid-May at around a record-breaking $4.25 a gallon.

“I actually expect it to go high,” Walter said. “I think $4.50 to $4.70 a gallon isn’t impossible.