AUSTIN — Texans appear willing to temper their love for the automobile to offset the ever-rising price of gasoline, and many are seriously considering scrapping plans to hit the road for a summer vacation, a new poll by a statewide think tank shows.
In a random telephone survey of 1,000 adults conducted for the Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit leadership organization, 51 percent of the respondents said they might just spend their vacation time closer to home.
Just over half of the respondents said they would consider taking public transportation to and from work, and 63 percent would explore the possibility of joining a car pool. Two-thirds said they would strongly consider switching to a more fuel-efficient automobile or buying a hybrid.
Meanwhile, a poll by the Texas chapter of the AAA found that most of its members still plan to take a summer car trip but that they might shorten the distance to save on gas.
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