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Poll: Readers against Daylight Savings Time

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Last weekend, several Indiana residents had to turn those clocks back one hour or those hands on those clocks would have looked rather strange Sunday morning.

Daylight Savings Time came back to Indiana two years ago, under the administration of Governor Mitch Daniels.

Several people voiced their opinion when the change was made two years ago, and some of those people are still voicing an opinion.

The Brazil Times polled readers regarding the issue beginning Sunday afternoon and concluding Wednesday.

More than 100 readers voted on the poll and -- based on the results -- those readers would like to see Daylight Savings Time kicked to the curb.

With its recent poll, The Times' asked its readers if they were in favor of Daylight Savings Times.

Of the 129 people that voted on The Brazil Times' website poll, 90 (69.8 percent) said they were not in favor of switching the clocks twice a year. In contrast, 30.2 percent of those who participated (39 voters) said they preferred Daylight Savings Time.

Six readers also left comments regarding the issue, and of those six, none favored Daylight Savings Time.

Of those six comments, one reader stated, "It wasn't broke to begin with. Why change it? They tried this in the 70s and it didn't work, so why try it again? We need to stay on the same time all year round."

Another reader stated, "We have never had Daylight Savings Time and everyone was fine with it. And now all I hear from local residents is that they do not support it. I drive over 19 counties in Indiana on a weekly basis and if we must have Daylights Savings Time, the whole state should be on the same time, or at least put a sign on our highways to inform us of a time change."

Two other readers left comments stating the switch to Daylight Savings Time was the sole reason they would not be voting for Daniels anytime soon.

One reader said, "If there is one deal breaker on why I would not vote for Mitch Daniels again, this is it."

Another reader stated, "We did very well for about 30 years with (Eastern Standard Time) year round. Then Daniels flexed his muscle, twisted arms in the legislature and got his way. Ridiculous! We still have multiple (more confusing) time zones in Indiana. He has screwed up on several more fronts as well."

The current Times' website poll question is How did you vote? Democrat or Republican?

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What a bunch of complainers!!! Come on people, is this the worst thing in the world? I think not. We're talking about one hour here. After all, the majority of the USA is on daylight savings time. A positive attitude does wonders for a person.

-- Posted by LEEJDC on Thu, Nov 8, 2007, at 8:14 AM

I've heard people say they hate DST most in the winter because it gets dark so early. It's only the summer months that change!!! I love DST. It gets dark after nine and it's great.

-- Posted by Gunslinger on Thu, Nov 8, 2007, at 7:29 PM

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