Daylight Savings Survey: People Split Over Effects of Time Change

Over the weekend, most Americans got an extra hour of sleep due to the end of Daylight Savings Time. The time adjustment was originally created to help people save energy by using less artificial light throughout the day. But some people don’t see the point of Daylight Savings Time anymore, and would rather all states just stick to the same system all year round. So what do people think about Daylight Savings in general? And how many would be in favor of a change?

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Daylight Savings

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 94% of respondents said they currently live in a state that recognizes Daylight Savings Time, since there are only a couple that don’t. Of those who do take part in the biannual time change, 45% said they generally like having Daylight Savings Time. Of those who live in states without it, 48% said they like not having Daylight Savings Time.

Lighting Costs

When the concept first came around, it was meant to help people cut down on energy use since they would likely need less artificial light throughout the day. 43% of people who take part in DST agree that it helps them cut down on their electric and lighting costs. But 56% of people who do not recognize DST said that skipping it has actually been beneficial for their electric and lighting costs.

Sleep Impact

Regardless of the potential benefits it may have, DST still requires people to lose and gain an hour of sleep twice per year, which could have an impact on things like sleep and productivity. But people were generally split over whether that impact is positive or negative. 35% of people said that DST has a negative impact on their sleep habits. 32% said it has a positive effect. And 33% said that it doesn’t affect them at all. 42% said that DST has no impact on their productivity. And 38% said it has no impact on their mood.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on October 29 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.