Fuel cost down to Government: poll

One in three people feel that the blame for high fuel prices lies squarely on the shoulders of the Government, according to the results of a new poll.

The nationwide survey, conducted by ICM Research for BBC One's Panorama programme, asked motorists how they had changed their habits in recent months and whether the high price of fuel and car taxes will have any impact on the way they vote at the next election.

It found that 38% of people in the UK believe the Government is primarily responsible for high fuel prices, while 35% said they would be more likely to vote for a political party which promises to lower car and fuel taxes.

Just over one in five (22%) of those surveyed said they thought oil-producing countries were primarily responsible for high fuel prices. A further 20% blamed oil companies, while 11% said stock market traders were to blame.

The survey found that high fuel prices are having a major impact on driving habits, with 31% of people driving less now than three months ago and 60% of people walking more.

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