Almost a month after Daylight Saving Time, many Americans want it to stay that way. More Americans preferto permanent standard time, but not predominantly. Those who want more daylight in the evening than in the morning throughout the year say it makes them feel happier and more productive later in the day, among other reasons why they prefer standard time with daylight.
But not everyone is on board. A third of Americans would prefer to extend standard time to include the whole year. The main reasons they gave were that they felt it was more closely linked to human biological rhythms and that people sleep better during standard time.
One thing that’s pretty clear is that there’s not a lot of enthusiasm for what most of the country is doing now — switching back and forth between daylight saving time. Only one in five Americans wants to stay with it.
Extending Daylight Saving Time year-round is preferred over Standard Time by nearly all demographics and political groups. It’s rare these days to find partisan agreement on many issues, but Republicans, Democrats, and independents all have oneabout 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 a permanent DST change. Like Americans overall, older people prefer it because it makes them feel better, but saving energy ranks just behind for those over 65, higher than younger Americans, who prefer daylight savings time.
People living in the Northeast, Midwest, and South prefer a permanent DST. However, those in the West – home to two permanent standard time states – are divided in their views.
This CBS News/YouGov poll was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 1,612 U.S. adults who were interviewed between March 29 and March 31, 2022. The sample was weighted for gender, age, race, and education based on the US Census American Community Survey and Current Population Survey and up to the 2020 Presidential Election. The margin of error is ±3.1 points.