Daylight Saving Time in the US
What does the US public think about it?

36%

of Americans said that they disliked the practice of daylight saving while 33% were neutral on this matter

37%

said that they think US Senate’s proposal to make daylight saving time permanent would be good

35%

of the respondents said that they found the U.S. Senate proposal on daylight saving easy to understand

53%

of Americans said that they felt very knowledgeable about the reasons behind the practice of daylight saving

On 13th March 2022, the clocks were set forward by one hour as daylight saving kicked in. This practice has been carried out every year since several countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, adopted summer Daylight Saving Time during World War I to conserve fuel by reducing the need for artificial light.

The U.S. Senate had recently, after a unanimous positive vote, passed legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023, ending the twice annual changing of clocks. For this bill to get implemented, it also needs the green light from the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden.

According to its proponents, this change would help enable children to play outdoors later and reduce seasonal depression. In addition, it is claimed that the loss of that one hour of sleep impacts the sleep patterns for days afterwards. On the other hand, the opponents of the bill argue that the practice should not be meddled with since it has a lot of benefits like less car crashes, decrease in crime, especially robberies/burglaries, people spending more time outside in general and less need for electricity (lower power bills).

With compelling arguments both in favor and against this bill, Piplsay polled 1005 people across America to find out what the public thinks regarding the practice of daylight saving and what they think about the U.S. Senate legislation.

How aware are the Americans on the reasons behind the practice of daylight saving?
I feel very knowledgeable about the purpose behind the practice of daylight saving in the US

    • More than half (53%) of respondents said that they felt knowledgeable about the reason behind the practice of daylight saving in the US.
    • A significantly higher proportion of Males (60%) claimed to be knowledgeable about the purpose behind daylight saving as compared to females (46%).
    • Respondents in Democrat states (58%) were found to be more knowledgeable about the purpose of daylight saving when compared to respondents in Republican states (48%).
How does the ordinary American feel about the practice of daylight saving?
Overall, how much do you like or dislike the practice of daylight saving in the US?

    • When asked about daylight saving in the US, 36% of respondents said that they dislike it while 31% liked the practice.
    • There was a contrast in opinion on the matter between the younger and older age groups. The older age groups (Boomers - 43%, GenX - 40%) showed a higher dislike for the practice as opposed to the younger population (GenZ - 35%, Millennials - 36%).
    • A higher percentage of respondents in Republican states said they disliked daylight saving (39%) as compared to those who said they liked it (29%). In Democrat states, the likes (32%) and dislikes (34%) for daylight saving were at similar levels.
    • Females were seen to be less in favour of daylight saving with 36% saying they disliked the practice while 27% saying they liked it. Males were more equally split in terms of like (35%) and dislike (36%).
Let us dive deeper and explore the reasons behind likes and dislikes when it comes to daylight saving time in the US
    • Some of the key reasons given by Americans for disliking the practice of daylight saving were:
        • ‘Not required in major parts of the US and in states where the winter days are not as short when compared with the states in the North’
        • ‘Coordination can get difficult for people who work with/for people in other countries where the practice is not followed or is applied differently than the US’
        • ‘Sleep schedules get affected, especially for children’
        • ‘The purpose (agriculture) was relevant in the 19th century but is no longer required’
    • Some of the key reasons given by Americans for liking the practice of daylight saving were:
        • ‘Reduced crime and accident rates’
        • ‘More time for children and office goers to come back during daylight from after school activities and offices respectively’
        • ‘Helps farmers as they get more time for their activities which requires daylight’
        • ‘It allows for more time to be spent outdoors and for other activities’
What does the U.S. public think about the Senate’s proposal to make daylight saving time permanent?
To what extent do you perceive the US Senate’s proposal to make daylight saving time permanent as good or bad?

    • 37% Americans felt that the US Senate’s proposal to make daylight saving time permanent would be a good move.
    • The move to make daylight saving time permanent was seen as good by a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (Boomers - 44%, GenX - 39%) as compared to the younger age groups (GenZ - 35%, Millennials - 34%).
    • A higher percentage of males (41%) were in favour of this change as compared to females (34%).
    • More than a third (35%) of the respondents said that they found the U.S. Senate’s proposal easy to understand.

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey was conducted nationwide in the US on March 29th, 2022. We received 1005 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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