B. C. the survey shows extraordinary support for permanent daylight saving time

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B. C. Premier John Horgan in Vancouver on 4 July 2019.

DARRYL DYCK / The Canadian Press

More than 93% of respondents to a recent period of world war the government survey did not want to bring back their watches in the fall.

The premier's office says that 223,273 people responded to the survey and a strong majority of them supported the permanent change to daylight saving time.

With the exception of students, support for daylight saving time throughout the year was over 90% in all regions of the B.C. and in all industrial and professional sectors.

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But 54% of respondents also stated that it was "important" or "very important" that the watches of the province align with neighboring jurisdictions.

In a statement, the premier's office states that officials from Washington, Oregon and California are in various stages of drafting or enacting laws to adopt daylight saving time throughout the year, but those states require federal approval before you can take action.

Like BC determines the next steps, Premier John Horgan states that the results of the survey will be taken into account along with the responses of other provinces and Western states.

"This commitment did exactly as we hoped could provide clarity on a preferred direction," Horgan said in the statement Tuesday.

"The insights generated will be invoked as we make a final decision on how to move forward."

The online survey was conducted internally by the government with the goal of obtaining a large sample of feedback. The consultation period ran from 24 June to 19 July.

In addition to the completed online investigations, the government received 279 e-mail communications from private citizens and 15 communications written by organizations and experts.

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The survey states that 75% of respondents identified health and well-being concerns as their reason for wanting to discard time change, but the same health reasons were cited by the minority that favored falling back and leap forward.

53% of those who supported daylight saving time throughout the year mentioned the benefit of an additional daylight during evening commuting in winter, while 39% said that other concerns about winter security was the basis of their support.

The government acknowledges that there are some limitations in the online survey, mainly that respondents had to be Internet users. As a result, the government allowed non-Internet users to call ServiceBC or send e-mails in their opinions using a downloaded feedback form.

The voluntary nature of the survey also means that there may be a self-selection bias that sees that those with strong opinions are more likely to respond, the government says, adding that the anonymous nature of the survey means that it is impossible to assess how this could have affected the results.

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