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47% Say Daylight Saving Time Is Not Worth the Hassle

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Americans will lose an hour of sleep tonight in exchange for another hour of afternoon daylight, but nearly half don’t think the extra daylight is worth it.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 47% of American Adults do not think Daylight Saving Time is “worth the hassle,” while 43% disagree. Ten percent (10%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

This is nearly identical to findings from November  and last March when Daylight Saving Time last ended and began.

Thirty-five percent (35%) of adults admit that they have arrived early or late somewhere because they forgot to change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time. Sixty-two percent (62%) say they haven't had that problem.

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The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on March 7-8, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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