MILWAUKEE, Nov. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. The nation's "Fall Back" ritual brings the return of earlier sunsets and darker evenings. A national poll, conducted by EndDaylightSavingTime.org, was taken to see if Daylight Saving Time (DST) still makes sense in modern times.
"We decided to see how the nation felt about that," said Anthony Boldin, founder of EndDaylightSavingTime.org, the organization responsible for the poll.
The poll of 1,147 adults—which had a margin of error of 4 percent—was conducted across the U.S. Oct. 29 through Oct. 31.
The poll found that 74% of Americans want to end Daylight Saving Time and keep the summer time year-round so that the sun sets later in fall and winter.
"We were very surprised to see the poll numbers that high," said Boldin, "74% is a huge majority."
But the poll result came with a twist. Americans don't merely want DST to end, they want the later sunset time as well, not the earlier one.
"There are many problems and side effects associated with earlier sunsets and time changes," said Boldin, "Most people like more sunlight in the evening, too."
Time changes affect our health, sleep patterns, children's focus in school, and worker productivity and safety. Problems with earlier sunsets include increases in depression (winter blues and SAD), traffic accidents, pedestrian fatalities, and more crime due to darker streets.
"There is a growing library of research showing the problems caused by time changes and early sunsets," said Boldin. "Were Daylight Saving Time replaced with one later time year-round, there would be many benefits."
Anthony Boldin, the founder of EndDaylightSavingTime.org, is on a mission to educate the public about Daylight Saving Time (DST). Boldin started EndDaylighSavingTime.org because he feels that if you believe in something, you should do something about it. By simply ending Daylight Saving Time and keeping the summer sunset all year round, peoples' lives will be a little better; days will be a little brighter; and our lives will be a little happier and safer. If you're one of the tens of millions of Americans who wants to do away with Daylight Saving Time, please sign our Petition to make this change a reality.
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