(RepublicanWire.org) – Over half of American voters believe President Joe Biden is intentionally allowing gas prices to skyrocket in order for the people to use less fossil fuel, a Friday poll found.
A Trafalgar Group poll found that 53% of Americans believe the president is intentionally allowing prices to rise in order to make people rely on clean energy, according to the poll. Another 39% countered saying he is not doing so. Over half of Independent voters, 56%, agreed soaring gas prices are the president’s intention, while 37% disagreed.
Nearly one-quarter of Democrats, 24%, believe the president is intentionally allowing prices at the pump to rise, while 68% do not believe he is having any impact. The vast majority of Republicans, 77%, believe the administration wants gas prices to soar, while 12% disagree.
The poll surveyed 1,091 adults between May 25-29 with a 2.9% margin of error.
Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News in May that Democrats “want” inflation and high gas prices to pursue their goal of Americans purchasing EVs.
“I think there are people in their party that actually like it,” he continued. “They’re not gonna say it because they don’t want to get crushed in the next election although I believe they will be. But they like the fact that there’s inflation and high prices. They believe the more expensive oil and gas gets, the more people are gonna buy electric cars. Well, not everyone can afford an electric car right now, we don’t have enough electric cars, and the batteries for those electric cars are made in China. Look, these guys, they want this.”
In a video, which is a clip from a March 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate between Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden promises to drastically cut back domestic oil production.
In order to do so, Biden promised to attack the fossil fuel industry through the removal of numerous subsidies and permits.
“No more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill,” Biden said during the debate.
“Period. It ends.”
And, predictably, with less fossil fuel production came higher gas prices.
On Thursday, the national average price for gas passed $5 a gallon, shattering previous record prices according to fuel savings company Gasbuddy.
“It’s been one kink after another this year, and worst of all, demand doesn’t seem to be responding to the surge in gas prices, meaning there is a high probability that prices could go even higher in the weeks ahead,” Gasbuddy lead petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan said.
Biden’s efforts to tamp down domestic oil production have had a massive impact as well. His administration’s willingness to print off incredible amounts of money is creating an inflationary crisis that hasn’t helped either.
If Biden truly wanted to correct these mistakes, he’d be opening up the drilling floodgates.