When it goes, it's gone

Gas prices are down, but a poll suggests that the news won't help the GOP much.

Published October 10, 2006 2:21PM (EDT)

Did somebody say something about a lack of trust? As the Washington Post reports, the GOP may not get a boost out of the recent drop in gasoline prices because a fair number of Americans think lower prices are simply the result of preelection political machinations. The Post reports that three out of 10 Americans think the price drop "is a result of domestic political factors, including White House and Republican Party efforts to influence the November elections." While three out of 10 doesn't a majority make, it's almost equal to the number who believe that the price drop is attributable to legitimate market forces.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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