Poll: 84 Percent of Americans 'See the Light' and Want Longer Days
MILWAUKEE, November 1, 2017 (Newswire.com) - When tens of millions of Americans commute home after work next week, there won’t be a wink of sunlight in the sky for most of the nation. A national poll, conducted by EndDaylightSavingTime.org, was taken to see if Daylight Saving Time (DST) still makes sense in a modern society.
“We decided to see how the nation felt about that,” said Anthony Boldin, founder of EndDaylightSavingTime.org, the organization responsible for the poll.
84 percent was quite a surprise. The American people are saying loud and clear, 'We don't like turning the clocks back.'
Anthony Boldin, Founder
It is natural to assume that many people would prefer having more sun and later evenings. What was surprising, however, was just how strong this sentiment was.
“84 percent was quite a surprise,” said Boldin, “The American people are saying loud and clear, ‘We don’t like turning the clocks back.’”
The poll of 1,147 adults — which had a margin of error of 4 percent — was conducted across the U.S. Sunday, Oct. 29 through Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Out of the 84 percent of people who indicated they “like” the idea of more light in the evenings, 65 percent said they “Very Strongly Agree” or “Strongly Agree” that longer days are preferable. Only 16 percent of respondents were against the idea of later evenings.
According to Boldin, “There is a growing library of research that has been showing the problems early sunsets have on everyday Americans.” If Daylight Saving Time was replaced with one later time all year round, there could be the many benefits.
- Lower crime rates
- Fewer traffic accidents
- Reduced pedestrian deaths
- More energy savings
- A better business environment
- Improved sleep
- Improved health outcomes
- Improved scholastic outcomes for children
- Decreased cases of depression and winter blues
You can read respondents’ responses to the poll here.
Anthony Boldin, the founder of EndDaylightSavingTime.org, is on a mission to educate the public about Daylight Saving Time (DST). Although there are some benefits to DST, Boldin believes the negatives far outweigh the positives, and if you believe in something, you should do something about it. By simply ending Daylight Saving Time and keeping the summer sunset all year round, peoples’ lives will be a little better; days will be a little brighter and lives will be a little safer. If you’re one of the tens of millions of Americans who wants to do away with Daylight Saving Time, please sign our petition.