Poll results: Most canceling, rethinking their Memorial Day trips due to high gas prices

Fuel rises to record-setting prices across Michigan, US

FILE - Gasoline prices are displayed at a gas station in Vernon Hills, Ill., Friday, April 1, 2022. The dollars-and-cents counter on the gas pump seems to be spinning faster these days with U.S. gasoline prices hitting another record high on Tuesday, May 10. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) (Nam Y. Huh, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Many people are canceling the trips they had planned for Memorial Day weekend this year due to record-setting gas prices plaguing Michigan and the rest of the U.S.

Last week, we asked Local 4 viewers if they are changing their plans for the end-of-May holiday weekend because of the soaring gas prices across the state -- and the majority said yes, they are.

Out of hundreds of responses, 45.4% of our viewers said they are canceling their Memorial Day weekend trip altogether because of the gas prices, as of May 19. An additional 15.3% of respondents said they might cancel their plans, and that they’re considering changing them.

A good chunk of respondents -- 39.4% -- said that they are still going to take that trip, despite the soaring fuel costs.

WDIV poll results from "Poll: Are you changing your Memorial Day plans due to soaring gas prices?" Most respondents say they are canceling their holiday weekend plans. (WDIV)

Read: ‘How are they going to feed their families?’: Michigan gas prices hit new record high

Even for those planning to take to the skies instead of the roads for the holiday weekend, flight costs are on the rise, too, due to gasoline prices. But experts say that travelers can save on airline tickets if they’re willing to be flexible.

More: Airline prices soaring: How to find cheaper flights


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