The problem for these senators (and indeed anybody who hates moving forward and backward) is that Americans are quite split on what system is best for them. Most do not seem to be in favor of the senators’ solution.
In other words, there’s no consensus. Most Americans (71%) take a position that seems in opposition to daylight saving all the time.
It may be the case, however, that Americans are growing more opposed to moving the clocks forwards and backwards than they used to be.
Compare the AP-NORC poll to a CBS News poll taken in February 2015. In that survey, 48% liked the current system of switching back and forth. That’s 20 points higher than the AP-NORC poll discovered in late 2019.
But it’s not year-round daylight saving time that has gotten more popular. Rather, it’s year-round standard time. Both year-round daylight saving and standard time were each favored by 23% of Americans in 2015. This means that from the CBS News poll to the AP-NORC poll, there was a 17-point jump in year-round standard time’s popularity, while just an 8-point rise in year-round daylight saving time’s popularity.
Indeed, as far as I can tell, there has never been a clear majority in favor of moving to daylight saving time all year around.
When Gallup first asked the question in the early 40s, Americans were consistently opposed to having it all year-round. Only 36% of Americans approved of moving to daylight saving time all year around in 1941, for example. That’s quite similar to where the polling is right now. The clear majority (53%) disapproved of daylight saving time all year.
The problem was that most people opposed it. They didn’t like that many would wake up and go to school or work in the dark. In a fall 1974 Opinion Research Corporation poll, opposition outran support by a 53% to 41% margin. Year-round daylight saving time was no more.
Now to be clear, it’s not as if people don’t like the idea of daylight saving time. It has polled well throughout the years. A majority of Americans (51%) were even in favor of when we expanded the number of weeks we had daylight saving time in 2007, according to a CNN/ORC poll at the time.
Americans just don’t want it year round.
That strikes me as a good enough reason to have either daylight saving or standard time all year round — even if Americans can’t agree on which one.
Source: CNNPolitics – Breaking News