43% of Americans say there’s no need for Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time ends tomorrow, but Americans aren’t so sure it’s still necessary.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most American adults (82%) know to move their clocks back an hour this weekend to end Daylight Saving Time (DST). Ten percent (10%) think they need to move their clocks forward an hour.

Just 36% think there is still a need for DST in America today, unchanged from last November. Forty-three percent (43%) say there’s no need for it, down from 49% last year. One-in-five Americans (20%) are not sure if it’s still necessary.

Most (66%) will change their clocks before they go to bed on Saturday night, while 24% plan to do it when they wake up on Sunday morning.

More adults planned to change their clocks on Sunday morning last year.

In March, at the start of DST, just 33% felt it was worth the hassle. When Rasmussen Reports first asked this question in March 2007, 55% said changing the clocks at this time of year was worth the effort.

At the start of DST this year, just 25% also felt it was an effective way to save energy.

Twenty-five percent (25%) admit to arriving somewhere early or late because they forgot to change their clocks to or from DST. That’s slightly more than admitted doing so in March or last November. Still, 71% say they have never been early or late due to DST.

Women are more likely than men to admit to arriving somewhere early or late because they didn’t change their clocks.

Adults who have never arrived early or late because of DST are more likely than those who have been wrong to have changed their clocks on Sunday morning than on Saturday night. Still, most adults across the board plan to change their clocks before bed on Saturday.

Those who think they are supposed to turn their clocks forward this weekend are much more likely than those who know they’re supposed to turn them back to think there’s still a need for DST in the United States.

The United States adopted the practice of Daylight Saving Time in 1918. It calls for moving the clock forward one hour near the start of spring so that there is more daylight in the evenings. When DST ends in the fall, clocks are turned back an hour. Over the years, energy saving and increased business revenue are the reasons most cited for its continued use.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.