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Fall Back? Many Confused by Daylight Savings Time

Two-thirds of Americans know that they’re supposed to set their clocks back one hour when Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, but many say they’ve forgotten it before.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults correctly know to move their clocks back an hour this weekend to end DST. Nineteen percent (19%), however, plan to move their clocks forward an hour instead, and 14% are not sure which way to turn. In 2015, 83% correctly knew to “fall back” for the end of Daylight Savings Time. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,098 American Adults was conducted on October 31-November 2, 2023 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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