by S. Matzliach
Observations: Americans Have Problems of Their Own: the
Price of Energy
Following sharp increases in fuel prices and the electricity
crisis in California, energy problems have become one of the
leading concerns of U.S. citizens, according to a Gallup
survey. In response to the question, "What is the most
important problem facing the nation?" 21 percent of
Americans said "the price of fuel" or "the shortage of
For comparison's sake, just two months ago a mere two
percent of those surveyed mentioned the shortage of energy
resources as one of their main concerns, and only one
percent said the high price of fuel and other energy
products worries them.
The general state of the economy is in second place on the
list of worries Americans face (10 percent of respondents),
ahead of education (9 percent), moral decline (8 percent)
and crime (7 percent).
Apparently the Intifadah and the settlements are about as
interesting to the average American as the problem of energy
in the U.S. is to the average Israeli.
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