Majority favor ending daylight savings time by joining Atlantic time zone - 376 participants

Feb 08, 2017

A bill that recently passed the New Hampshire House, HB 209, would see the Granite State end daylight savings time permanently by joining the Atlantic standard time zone. The bill is contingent on Massachusetts adopting the new time zone as well. Read more about this issue. On February 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH end daylight savings time by joining the Atlantic standard time zone?”  

“Should NH end daylight savings time by joining the Atlantic standard time zone?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Atlantic Standard Time New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 376 participants gave 639 responses 

A total of 93% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 7% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 376 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 639 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

[Note: Citizens Count NH also received additional comments from 44 individuals from outside New Hampshire.]

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 65% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of ending daylight savings time by joining the Atlantic standard time zone.  

  • “Let's add an extra hour of sunlight to the afternoon by switching to Atlantic time.”
  • “Switching times back and forth does not help anybody and it leads to higher incidences of accidents, heart attacks, and other health-related problems.”
  • “Once we do it, the rest will follow suit.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 35%, were opposed to ending daylight savings time by joining the Atlantic standard time zone.  

  • “Not unless the rest of New England does. We have workers from other states. It would make zero sense to be in different time zones.”
  • “For NH to move to AST would be crazy and convoluted. Stick to EST.”
  • “And be out of sync with the rest of New England and the Eastern coast?”

Other: As noted above, 7% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Alternatives: “Why not end DST but stay in Eastern time zone?”
  • Clarifying the impact: “Winter would be dark at 5:30 instead of 4:30.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Related Bill

HB 209 (2017)
Bill Status: Killed in the Senate
Hearing date: Apr 26, 2017

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