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Myths and truths about daylight saving time

TRUTH: Fewer and fewer of us think it's worth the trouble

A 2014 Rasmussen poll found that a declining percentage of adults in the United States -- 33% -- think daylight saving time is "worth the hassle." That's down from 37% in 2013 and 45% the year before.

Efforts to kill off daylight saving time are nearly as old as the time shift itself, and even today, some are trying to get it repealed.

More than 63,000 people have signed a petition sponsored by the DST-hating website standardtime.com. A search on Change.org returns 1,466 petitions mentioning daylight saving time, most of which appear to support abolishing it.

Others like it so much they want it to be kept year round (standard time, by the way, is standard in name only ... We go seven months of the year now with the extra hour tacked on at the end of the day).

Brookings, for instance, seems to be on board with the year-round DST approach, saying the costs and dangers are associated less with the shift forward than the constant back and forth.

"We could easily avoid them by moving to year-round DST -- that is, permanently shifting that hour of daylight to the evening, and then leaving our clocks alone," Jennifer L. Doleac and Nicholas J. Sanders wrote in the Brookings piece. "Our research suggests that we'd be safer for it."