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Poll: Will cheaper gas boost holiday travel?

Mejia Manuel of Bay Shore pump $3.45 gasoline

Mejia Manuel of Bay Shore pump $3.45 gasoline at the Gas Stop gas station at Fifth Ave and Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore. (Sept. 21, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Gasoline prices continue to drop as motorists begin filling their tanks for holiday trips.

Regular averaged $3.551 a gallon Monday morning on Long Island, down 3.6 cents from a week ago, on weak demand and falling crude oil prices as investors worry that Europe’s debt crisis will have economic repercussions worldwide and slow energy consumption.

Long Island’s average is now less than 27 cents a gallon higher than last year, one of the year’s most favorable comparisons for motorists.

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