Poll: gas prices alter habits

In a state long characterized by traffic-clogged freeways and residents' devotion to their cars, surging gas prices are forcing cash-strapped Californians to change their spending and driving habits.

"We don't go anywhere," said Elizabeth Campbell of Placerville. "We don't take vacations. We've cut down on just driving to Folsom" because of gas prices.

A new Field Poll of state voters shows two out of three Californians are cutting back on spending as a result of rising gas prices.

Yet despite hardships at the pump, slight majorities of state voters oppose opening the California coastline and public lands to new oil drilling. And seven in 10 say they won't support lower air pollution standards to achieve higher gas mileage.

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