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Putting The Clocks Back

Published:31 October 2005
Fieldwork:6 - 10 October 2005
Theme:Society
Keywords:British Summer Time
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A recent MORI survey for the Greater London Authority shows a high level of support for remaining on British Summer Time (BST) all year round, therefore ending the practice of putting back the clocks in winter. The plan would mean an extra hour of daylight in the evening but an hour less in the morning. The survey found that 63% of Londoners and 56% of people in Scotland would support staying on BST year round.

Some 52% of those questioned in London and 50% of Scottish respondents disagreed that they would find it harder to get up in the morning if this change were made. More than two-thirds (69%) felt that they would feel safer walking outside after dark

When offered the choice between BST all year round, switching to Central European Time or keeping the current system, a quarter of respondents said they would like to stay on BST, 26% said they would like to change to Central European Time and just under half (47%) said they supported keeping the system as it currently is.

Topline Results

  • Results are based on 1,507 interviews conducted by telephone with a representative sample of residents in the Greater London area (1,006) and Scotland (501).
  • Interviews were conducted 6-10 October 2005.
  • Data are weighted by gender, age, work status and ethnicity to the known population profile. Additionally, the London sample is weighted by Inner and Outer London to the known population profile.
  • Where results do not sum to 100%, this may be due to multiple responses, computer rounding or the exclusion of 'don't know/not stated' response categories.
  • An asterisk (*) indicates a value of less than 0.5% but not zero.
  • Results based on all (1,507), unless otherwise stated.

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. If the clocks were changed to give an extra hour of daylight in the evening and an hour less in the morning, then …

Q1a … you would take part in more sports or leisure activities in the evening
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 60 60 62
Neither 9 9 9
Disagree 30 31 29
Don't know * 1 *

Q1b … you would find it harder to get up in the morning
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 43 42 45
Neither 5 6 5
Disagree 51 52 50
Don't know * * -

Q1c … you would feel safer walking outside later at night
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 69 70 66
Neither 9 8 11
Disagree 21 21 22
Don't know * * 1

Q1d … you would save energy on lighting and use less fuel
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 61 62 58
Neither 10 9 10
Disagree 27 27 29
Don't know 2 2 3

Q1e … it would be better to take holidays in Britain in the Spring and Autumn
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 51 51 52
Neither 16 16 15
Disagree 29 28 29
Don't know 4 5 4

Q1f … it will stay light too late in the evening
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Agree 30 30 29
Neither 8 6 10
Disagree 60 61 59
Don't know 2 2 2

Q2 Taking account of all the things we have discussed, overall, would you approve or disapprove of a change to the clocks to give us an extra hour of daylight in the evening and an hour less in the morning?
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
Strongly approve 37 40 32
Tend to approve 24 24 24
Neither 6 6 5
Tend to disapprove 14 14 14
Strongly disapprove 18 15 24
Don't know 1 2 1

Q3 Which, if any, of these options do you most prefer? Would you say you prefer …
Base: All respondents (1,507); All London (1,006); All Scotland (501)

  Total London Scotland
  % % %
… changing the clocks to British Summer Time (BST) all year round 25 28 19
… changing the clocks to Central European Time continuing to change the clocks twice a year 26 27 23
… or are you happy with the current system 47 43 56
Don't know 2 2 2
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