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Rising gas prices making it harder for British Columbians to afford essentials (STUDY)

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Vincent Plana May 17, 2019 9:57 am 86

British Columbians everywhere are taking note of the major increase in gas prices, and many of them are having a hard time keeping up with the rising costs.

That’s the latest finding from a study by the Angus Reid Institute.

The organization says it’s more than just rethinking long weekend road trips, it’s affecting the ability for British Columbians to afford necessities as well.

At least one-in-four respondents agreed that they’re struggling to afford the higher price of gas.

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Angus Reid Institute

An even larger number of survey participants said that it’s harder for them to afford necessities.

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Angus Reid Institute

To cope, British Columbians have made a number of changes in an effort to save gas. Nearly half (45%) have reduced the amount of driving they do on a daily basis.

One-third of them admit to buying less gas, and a quarter of respondents say that they’ve travelled to a different town or city to purchase fuel.

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Angus Reid Institute

When it comes to playing the blame game, nearly half (47%) of all survey respondents from BC think that oil companies, and their desire to maximize profit, are at fault.

Nearly one-in-four think that government taxes are to blame and more than half of British Columbians say the government isn’t doing enough to address the rising prices.

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Angus Reid Institute

Overall, seven-in-10 British Columbians want to see a price cap on gasoline, similar to what Quebec and the Atlantic provinces already do.

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