Online Poll: Opinion split on DST in Cayman


Although opinions were almost
evenly split, slightly more respondents to last week’s online
were against Cayman adopting Daylight Saving Time than were for it.

Daylight Saving Time, which is in
effect in many countries, involves turning clocks one hour ahead in the spring
and keeping the time that way until autumn, when the clocks are then moved back
one hour.

The move means the sun rises later in the day, but sets later as
well, affording an extra hour of daylight in the evenings.

Of the 612 total respondents to the
poll, 231 of them – 37.8 per cent – said they would absolutely not support
adopting Daylight Saving Time.

“Daylight Saving Time would be no
benefit to us,” said one person. “It would only create additional problems of
having to set your clock twice a year and might cause the school children to be
at a disadvantage for having to leave their homes during the dark mornings.”

“All that will do is to increase
our electricity bills more than what they already are,” said someone else.
“Stop trying to change things in the Cayman Islands to accommodate others. Let
others adapt to our natural way of life and lifestyle.”

“There is no point in implementing
Daylight Saving Time as sunrise and sunset don’t transition as much here as
they do elsewhere,” said another respondent.

“David Letterman at 10.30pm is
awesome,” said someone else.

Another large segment of
respondents – 220 people or 35.9 per cent – said they would absolutely support
Daylight Saving Time.

“It is ridiculous that we don’t
adopt Daylight Saving Time to stay the same as the East Coast,” said one
person. “For the financial industry, it would be a huge benefit to stay an hour
closer to Europe and not have to keep explaining the fact that sometimes
there’s a five-hour difference and sometimes six.”

“Apart from the fact every country
around us has adopted Daylight Saving Time, for business and travel reasons,
this makes sense,” said another person. “Of course, we lose the NFL football
games starting at noon for half the season, but it’s a price we should pay.”

“This would add an extra hour of
sunshine for tourists, not to mention an extra productive hour of financial
business with New York and Europe,” said someone else.

“It’s about time we start adopting,
or at least considering, things from other countries that are actually
beneficial to us,” commented another person. “We are one of the largest
offshore financial centres and do business particularly with the USA. Keeping
it synchronised makes us that much more convenient to do business with.”

Another 70 people – 11.4 per cent –
said they would probably not support Daylight Saving Time.

“I don’t live here but where I am
in the States, we have Daylight Saving Time and everyone hates it greatly when
we have to change our clocks every six months,” said one person.

Thirty-nine people – 6.4 per cent –
said they would probably support Daylight Saving Time, and 30 respondents – 4.9
per cent – said maybe they would support it.

“I don’t really have an issue with
it,” said a respondent. “Maybe it is time for us to follow the pack for a

Twenty-two people – 3.6 per cent –
responded “I don’t know” to the question.


Next week’s poll question

What will you do for the Easter
holiday this year?

Stay at home and relax

Travel off island

Go camping

Rent a place on Grand Cayman or the
Sister Islands

I’ll be working

Other (write in comments)