CBS reports on its Super Tuesday exit polls which show that for over three fourths of primary voters, gas prices was a top election issue.
It might be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming presidential election. Last night, CBS News exit polls found 77 percent of those voting in seven Super Tuesday states say rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote.
The poll reflects growing consumer anxiety as gas prices have risen nearly 50 cents a gallon in just over two months. . . .
Voters in Super Tuesday contests say gas prices were the most critical factor in their vote. . . .
But while it may prove to be a major issue in the general election, it didn’t help the most vocal candidate on the issue in the primaries:
The candidate who made the most dramatic promise to lower gas prices was Newt Gingrich, who said his plan that emphasizes expanded drilling would make gas $2.50 a gallon.
Voters clearly didn’t buy Gingrich’s promise he only won his home state of Georgia. Consumers should be wary of any guarantees, according to one Carlson School of Management Professor.