I take issue with our latest PEMCO Poll.
Not its validity, but with the majority opinion of Northwest residents: They want to leave their clocks set the same year-round, set on standard time, not daylight saving time.
PEMCO learned that 64% of us in Washington and Oregon would prefer that time doesn’t change in spring and fall. Only 21% prefer to continue switching between standard and daylight saving time.
Of those who don’t like switching, 39% favor staying on standard time versus 25% who favor staying on daylight time.
I’m among the 25%. If we do away with daylight time, we do away with that wonderful June twilight we enjoy until 10 p.m., one of the perks of living in the Northwest.
Switch to standard time year-round, and it will get dark at 9 p.m. on June 21.
Residents’ preference for 12 months of standard time surprised us a little because of the “green” conservation ethic here in the Northwest. Many people still believe daylight time conserves energy that otherwise would be needed to light buildings in the evening, though that belief is up for debate.
Washington and Oregon have seen legislation proposed to keep clocks the same year-round, but it hasn’t passed in either state. Our poll asked residents if they would vote for such a measure. Exactly 66% said yes, while 21% said they’d vote no.
I’m happy to “spring forward” this weekend and gain that extra hour of daylight. March can be damp and soggy, yet my lawn is done hibernating and I’ve already resumed mowing. Daylight saving time enables me to mow on weekdays after work before it gets dark.
That’s better than being constrained by daylight to often-rainy weekends.
To learn more about who prefers standard time – young or old, parents or non-parents – read the full story. And go here to see how Northwest residents answered our poll.