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Americans Say Gas Prices Have Hurt, And They Fear More Increases

Most Americans believe gasoline prices will increase 21 percent this year and 63 percent say the price jumps so far have already caused them financial hardship, according to a Gallup poll conducted March 14-16. Forty-nine percent say prices will rise to the $3.76 to $4 per gallon range and 19 percent fear they will go over $4. the Lundberg Survey of 5,000 gasoline stations reported yesterday that prices rose nearly 7 cents over the past two weeks to reach an all-time inflation-adjusted high of $3.26 per gallon of self-serve regular.

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