New Poll: 76% of Americans Blame Putin for Rising Gas PricesNew polling shows the vast majority of Americans blame Vladimir Putin for pain at the pump.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

As gas prices rise across the United States, most Americans blame one man for pain at the pump: Vladimir Putin.

76 percent of Americans would hold Putin responsible if gas prices increase because of Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine, according to polling from Politico/Morning Consult.

As governments across the world levy sanctions on Russia, and the United States implements a ban on Russian oil, Americans support the necessity of such measures, despite their impact on prices. A recent Wall Street Journal poll showed that 79 percent of Americans, including 77 percent of Republicans, back a ban on Russian oil – even if energy prices rise as a result.

In an effort to protect Americans from surging fuel costs, President Biden recently ordered the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the United States Strategic Reserve. It’s just one part of a larger effort to combat what the White House called “Moscow’s weaponization of oil and gas.”

“We stand prepared to take additional measures if conditions warrant,” U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said. These statements come on the heels of recent reports that oil companies are calling for new drilling – while taking record profits and sitting on 9,000 approved but unused permits.

“Since the price of a barrel of oil accounts for about 50 percent of what we pay at the pump here, the higher the cost of oil, the more expensive gasoline is for American drivers,” AAA’s Andrew Gross, told Newsweek, adding “There’s only one person who knows how this is gonna play out, and that’s Putin.”