Should We Sunset (End) Daylight Saving Time?

BOX SCORE: Revenge of the Early Birds

Puzzle Summary:

Most people are dissatisfied with changing the clocks twice a year, but we’ve been doing it for so long it has just become habit. Early birds like it lighter earlier in the day and prefer Standard Time (ST) but Night Owls like it lighter late into the evening and prefer making Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent. The effects on energy usage are unclear because savings on lighting and increased air conditioning seem to counteract each other depending on the State’s location.

ONE PARROT springs forward that commerce will go down, and crime will go up with ST forever. THE OTHER PARROT falls back on, you had me at more sleep, better mood, and less misery if ST is made permanent. Both Parrots make their good points over and over and over again. What did our nonpartisan scoring system say?

BOX SCORE for Ending Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Weighted Average Forecast

:66%: ± 7% Nonpartisan Score

Sides of the Table 4/4
Walls of Information 8/8
Cultural Windows 10/16
Columns of Bias 6/8


Top Four Key Reasons in Favor of Ending Daylight Saving Time

Most people prefer rising with the sun,
Employers can adjust their own workdays,
Sleep is paramount for health and productivity, and
100% DST failed in 1974.

Top Key Reasons Against Ending Daylight Saving Time

DST reduces crime in the PM,
DST increases consumer buying and creates jobs,
Busier after work traffic is safer when light out,
Workers need cooler mornings because of climate change.

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples IN-FAVOR

Digital Republicans & Democratic Doves
Free Press & Managerial
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) & Activists
USA First Independents & Importers

Where Can We Agree?®: Four Odd Couples AGAINST

Judiciary & Landlords
Democratic Leadership & Republican Leadership
Gun Owners & Insurance Companies
Restaurants & Utilities

Four A-hah Moments

(Yes) Year-round DST failed in 1974
(Yes) DST makes media consumption go down

(No) DST decreases crime
(No) Outdoor workers need cooler mornings


We forecast that families and workers prefer their health and happiness more than owners and executives want the increased revenue. In a previous puzzle to Make DST Permanent, the Box Score was :60%: ± 8 with only 2/4 Sides of the Table in support. For a solution to make it onto our National Idea Leaderboard it must have a forecasted majority support from each of the four sides of the ideologically balanced table.

But how can both making DST Permanent (:60%:), and DST Banished (:67%) both score over 50%? Most people just want to stop changing the clocks no matter whether DST is made permanent or is banished forever.

We forecast that when looked at through the PolicyKeys™ Game-board of 128 roles balanced equally between bias for status quo and change that there is a clear winner—Sunset (end) Daylight Saving Time.

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