Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reports that “when given the option of hearing ‘Merry Christmas’ or a less religious greeting — like ‘Happy Holidays’ — in stores and businesses, Americans choose Merry Christmas by a 60%-to-23% margin. When specifically given ‘doesn’t matter’ as an option, however, a 45%-plurality have no preference for how they are greeted during the holiday season — 42% want Merry Christmas and 12% prefer the less religious greeting. Seniors (those ages 65 and older) strongly prefer Merry Christmas (64%) but the youngest Americans (18-29) are much more likely to say it does not matter (59%). Politically, Republicans are the biggest advocates of Merry Christmas (62%), while nearly half (49%) of Democrats and a small majority (52%) of independents are unconcerned by stores’ choice of holiday greetings.”

For more details on the survey and for related survey results on Christmas displays on public property, holiday concerns and other matters see this post from the Pew Center.

Published in: on December 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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