A recent national opinion survey shows seven of 10 Americans believe gasoline prices will reach $4 this summer and many are already planning to cut back on summer travel plans.
Local residents hope that won't happen, but aren't confident they will be able to afford to travel as much as they wish.
The survey, conducted by the Civil Society Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, also said 90 percent of Americans said the stances of political candidates on fuel prices, energy policies and climate change will have a big impact on their votes in November. The study also said the high price of gas is the No. 1 economic worry of Americans in 2008, ahead of fears about recession, mortgage foreclosures and joblessness.