VIDEO: Vast Majority of Canadians Worried About Rising Gas Prices
A majority of Canadians say they are worried or somewhat worried about the increasing price of gas, according to a new Nanos Research survey.
The survey, commissioned by CTV News, found that 38% of Canadians are worried and 32% are somewhat worried about rising fuel costs. 30% said they are somewhat not worried or not worried about gas price increases. One-percent said they were unsure.
More than six in 10 Canadians said they are likely or somewhat likely to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles as a result of the increase. More than one-third of Canadians – or 35% – said they think Canadians are somewhat unlikely or unlikely to opt for fuel-efficient vehicles.
Canadians are split, the survey found, on whether they think Canadians will decide to drive less during the summer because of the rising costs of fuel. 38% of them said Canadians are somewhat likely to drive less and 11% said they were likely to do so. 28% said Canadians are somewhat unlikely to drive less and 22% responded that Canadians are unlikely to cut down on the amount of driving they do during the summer.
More than half of the Canadians surveyed said they think that the carbon tax is an ineffective or somewhat ineffective way to encourage people to cut down on their fuel use. 26% said it was somewhat effective and 16% said it was effective.
Methodlogy: Nanos Research conducted the hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years old and older, between April 25 and 28. The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20
— With files from CTV Windsor