The high prices at the pump are making state residents cut back. A new poll released by Monmouth University says that 42 percent of those in the state are experience financial hardship due to higher gas prices. The numbers are four percent more than those polled in 2008, when gas topped out near $4 a gallon. Overall, 61% of the state’s drivers say they have cut back on weekend or vacation driving and an identical 61% have reduced household spending in general. The July 2008 poll found similar although slightly lower results, when 58% cut back on driving and 56% cut back on other spending.