Almost a month into daylight saving time, many Americans want things to stay that way. More Americans Preferat normal time permanent, but not overwhelming. Those who want more daylight in the evening rather than the morning all year round say it’s because it puts them in a better mood and makes them feel more productive later in the day, among other reasons that they have data to prefer daylight saving time.
But not everyone is on board. A third of Americans would prefer standard time to be extended year-round. The main reasons they gave are that they believe it is more closely associated with the human biological rhythm and that people sleep better during normal time.
One thing that’s pretty clear is that there’s not a whole lot of enthusiasm for what most countries are doing now – switching between daylight saving time and winter time. Only one in five Americans would like to stick with it.
Extending daylight saving time year-round is preferred over standard time by nearly all demographic and political groups. It’s rare these days to find partisan agreement on many issues, but Republicans, Democrats and Independents all have aon permanent standard time. Last month, The House of Representatives has yet to vote on the measure.
Older Americans are slightly more likely than younger Americans to want DST to be permanent. Like all Americans who prefer it, older people also say it’s because it puts them in a better mood, but energy savings rank just behind those of those 65 and older, higher than for young Americans who prefer daylight saving time.
People living in the Northeast, Midwest, and South have a preference for permanent daylight saving time. However, those in the West – home to two states that are at normal time permanent – are divided in their opinions.
This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 1,612 U.S. adult residents interviewed between March 29 and March 31, 2022. The sample was weighted by gender, age, race, and education based on the US Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey, as well as the 2020 presidential election. The margin of error is ±3.1 points.