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USA Today reports on a new poll saying that seven in 10 Americans say that the high cost of gasoline is creating a financial hardship, and that “more than half say they have made major changes to compensate for the higher prices, ranging from shorter trips to cutting back on vacation travel. For 21%, the impact is so dramatic they say their standard of living is jeopardized.”

The story notes that “nationally, the price of a gallon of regular gasoline averages $3.96. That's up 38%, or $1.09, from levels a year ago ... In seven states, gas prices have passed July 2008's record of $4.11 a gallon.”
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