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High gas prices won't change North Shore drivers' habits much: poll

We like to gripe about it, but most of us won't be making any changes in our driving habits
Gas prices have hit record highs but most North Shore residents say it won't change their driving habits.

There's no doubt about it. A trip to the gas station is a pricey affair these days, with Vancouver leading North America in the cost of fuel.

But is $2/litre gas enough to make us change our habits? Not according to a wide swath of North Shore residents.

North Shore News polled 1,656 readers, and asked the question: How are rising fuel prices affecting you?

The poll ran from March 2 to18 on our website. Of the 1,656 votes, we can determine that 596 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

I will be driving less and taking transit/riding my bike more. 18.46% local, 18.18% total    
Higher gas prices will lead me to switching to an electric or hybrid vehicle. 9.40% local, 8.27% total    
It won't change my commuting habits but I am less likely to take a road trip this summer. 14.43% local, 17.03% total    
It won't change my driving habits but I am not happy about it. 46.31% local, 44.26% total    
Higher gas prices don't bother me. 11.41% local, 12.26% total    
  Local   Total

Premier John Horgan will make an announcement next week intended to help lower costs for drivers.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located in North and West Vancouver. The margin of error – which measures sample variability – is +/- 2.4%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.