Sixteen states currently have an average price of gas that is over $5.00 as the national average broke yet another record on Tuesday.
The national average price of gas is now $4.955, reflecting an over three-cent jump overnight, 28-cent rise in the last week, and nearly 64-cent rise in the last month. Diesel also hit another record on Tuesday, reaching $5.719.
Currently, 16 states are experiencing an average price of gas of $5.00 or more. That includes Maine ($5.023), Massachusetts ($5.21), New Jersey ($5.032), Pennsylvania ($5.031), Michigan ($5.214), Ohio ($5.061), Indiana ($5.234), Illinois ($5.532), Idaho ($5.025), Alaska ($5.469), Hawaii ($5.493), Washington ($5.489), Oregon ($5.485), Nevada ($5.564), Arizona ($5.181), and California ($6.390). California’s Mono County appears to be reporting the highest gas price average in the Golden State — $7.213.
Brent crude, the global benchmark that U.S. prices tend to trend with, was up 1.13 percent at the time of this writing to $121.70. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up .84 percent following this news, reaching $120.25.
While Democrats are following President Biden’s lead in deflecting blame and attempting to distract Americans with other events — such as the upcoming primetime January 6 hearing — all indicators point to rising gas prices as a top issue on the American peoples’ minds as they head into the midterm election.
A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found just 27 percent approving of Biden’s handling of gas prices, as nearly three-quarters, 72 percent, disapprove. That reflects a four-point rise from the 68 percent who disapproved in April. Further, 90 percent say gas prices will be “extremely/very/somewhat” important when it comes to their vote for Congress in November. Of those, 48 percent said gas prices are “extremely” important.