Gas Prices Prompt Some Changes

Mobile, AL – A new public opinion poll of Alabamians shows about half of those surveyed have changed their driving habits because of rising gasoline prices. Fifty-one percent said they have altered the way they drive either a little or a lot. Fifty-four percent also said they're ready to tap into the country's strategic oil reserve to lower pump prices. Most, however, do not want to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness. More than a third of respondents blame the rising gasoline prices on oil producers while about a quarter place fault with the Bush administration. Despite the concerns about rising costs, Alabama is among the cheapest states in the nation when it comes to gasoline prices. Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report lists Alabama as having the ninth-cheapest gas in the country at nearly one dollar-69 cents a gallon for regular unleaded. The Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll has a margin of error of five percentage points.