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 May 10, 2005
Poll: High gas prices forcing changes in Americans' lives
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WASHINGTON One Indiana woman says rising gas prices are increasingly forcing her to decide between gas, groceries and medicine.

Her struggle isn't unfamiliar to many Americans facing high prices at the pumps.

An Associated Press-A-O-L poll finds 51 percent of those surveyed say that if gas prices remain high for the next six months it'll cause a financial hardship for them. Thirty percent classify the hit as "serious."

And when it comes to the question of who's to blame. Americans spread fault around -- with 29 percent of those polled fingering the oil companies. Another 24 percent blame foreign governments that dominate oil reserves, and 23 percent fault politicians.

The poll was conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs.

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