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Where Does It Hurt? Poll Says Energy, Food Prices Dent Wallets

ABC News -- Energy and food prices top the list of financial concerns for most Americans, according to the latest Gallup poll.

Not only that, they top the next most-worried-about factors by 10 percentage points.

Gallup asked respondents this week whether a series of “situation[s]” are hurting their families’ finances. Here’s the rank order, according to how many people said these things were indeed hurting them:
The price of energy, 79%
including gas
The price of food 76%
Taxes 69%
Health care costs 68%
The federal debt 56%
ceiling

What’s notable about this list is that the costs of energy and food trump macro political concerns by far. On the one hand, 56 percent said “the federal debt ceiling” is hurting family finance. On the other hand, far fewer were worried about it than were worried abo


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 3:49:18 AM

hurts everywhere and everyone.
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Billrusty
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 10:31:51 AM

it has always been so.
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 8:57:40 AM

Nothing new - these have been concerns for YEARS
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 6:10:54 AM

I agree.
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:49:22 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:37:50 AM

Many great posts!!!! BUT, greenfog really sums it up!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:01:29 PM

And the price of energy directly affects the cost of food!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 11:00:43 PM

Higher energy cost makes the price of everything else increase proportionately.
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us4usa
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:58:54 PM

True, energy and food prices are killing the poor and real middle class under $75K...
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silverfoxv65
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:50:25 PM

And life goes on.
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defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:46:31 PM

Yet the cost increases of food and energy are NOT used in the COST OF LIVING INDEX!!! wonder why???
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:43:48 PM

Not gas per say but, in the same family. My concerns would be health care and the impact of energy costs.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:43:41 PM

everything hurts, everything is going up but my pay check.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:40:14 PM

Oh.....the horror.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:38:17 PM

The oceans are healing, al-qaeda is on the run, we can be proud of our country now, etc. This silly stuff like food and fuel prices are irrelevant.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:35:58 PM

And the government says there is little or no inflation.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:32:23 PM

Wallet
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:30:26 PM

Fuel prices affect everything else food, shipping costs etc.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:30:04 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:28:59 PM

Old news! Not gas related anyway.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:27:08 PM

What hurts is the price of the basics. A lot of luxuries can be trimmed, but what happens when you are down to the basics.

I hate Obama's war on the poor, masked as promotion of green energy. I am one of the innocent bystanders that will bear the brunt of his offensive.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:27:08 PM

fix the economy and everthing else will fall in line..

oh yeah, and kill nobamacare..
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:25:03 PM

it's all of the above plus add greed to the mix and you get the whole picture.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:24:56 PM

crooks
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:24:45 PM

food prices are determined by gas prices
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:24:34 PM

That's nice, but what does this have to do with the price of gasoline?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:23:34 PM

Lack of jobs should still be number 1.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:23:02 PM

The price of diesel effects everyone more than the price of gas.... But who cares how much diesel it takes to produce one Prius.....
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:22:21 PM

Where you can find hemorrhoid. That's where it really hurts.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:21:50 PM

We have to get out priorities in line! The debt ceiling is a fiction.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:21:11 PM

gas & food hurts everybodys wallets
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:20:40 PM

Inflation............You Think?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:17:43 PM

Energy and food take up about 20% of families income, and rent/mortgage tkes up about 40%.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:16:14 PM

Agree obvious
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:15:19 PM

Kind of obvious isn't it?
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:14:43 PM

jobs would help put monies in the wallets...
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:12:30 PM

Energy causes everything to go up DUH!
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With Zero'BOY in power, everyone will be on welfare - nobody working.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:11:25 PM

all of it
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:10:46 PM

Health care cost are my #1 concern.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:10:29 PM

They better worry about the debt, that is the sleeping giant!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:10:07 PM

Food and Gas
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:10:00 PM

Health Care costs are way higher for me this year. Thanks Obuma-care!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:09:32 PM

SOP
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:07:31 PM

What are the 2 items YOU use the most? food and gas, not necessarily in that order
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:06:47 PM

Oh the pain.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:06:35 PM

Everywhere.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:05:04 PM

All prices going up....all of it HURTS!
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:05:01 PM

It is correct. Energy is the direct reason that food is costing more, due to shipping costs. I've never seen food more expensive then it is today.
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 10:04:16 PM

No surprises.
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