As gasoline prices that neared $3 per gallon two months ago now close in on the $2 a gallon range, a new survey says most countries would welcome such relatively cheap fuel.

Drivers in the U.K. report a fair price of a gallon of fuel to be $5.16. Germans say $4.87 is fair and the French believe $4.08 is a square deal, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. The poll found Americans believe $1.99 to be a fair price.

The U.S. has less than five percent of the world’s population but consumes about a fourth of the world’s total barrels of crude oil per day. Taxes vary by state but account for about 20 percent of the total price of a gallon.

Gas taxes in much of Europe and elsewhere account for about two thirds or more of the price of gasoline. Consumers in other countries are less dependent on gasoline and more dependent on public transportation and seek out high-mileage cars.

Diesel fuel, which at one time was cheaper than gasoline, has now spiked upwards to near $3 per gallon. Analysts say it’s simple supply and demand. Many car drivers have tightened up on their travel time but that’s not an option for most truckers.

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