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.

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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