66% of Democrats support stores using “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” during the Christmas season, while the majority of Americans are also in favor of ditching the Christmas greeting.
According to the report by PRRI, just 28% of Republicans support the replacement of “Merry Christmas,” a large contrast to the 66% of Democrats who do. Meanwhile the majority of Americans (47% vs 46%) supported ditching Christmas greetings for a more inclusive term.
“As the country becomes more diverse and less religiously affiliated, Americans are divided over whether it is more appropriate for stores and businesses to greet customers with ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Seasons Greetings’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’ out of respect for people of different religious faiths,” explained PRRI. “Attitudes on this question are largely unchanged over the last six years. This issue sharply divides the public by political affiliation, religious affiliation, and age.”
The report also claims that “Two-thirds (67%) of young adults (age 18-29), compared to only 38% of seniors (age 65 and older), say it is better for businesses to greet customers with ‘Happy Holidays’ as opposed to ‘Merry Christmas,'” adding, “A majority (54%) of seniors say stores should greet patrons with ‘Merry Christmas’ during the holiday season.”
Last week, a central Indiana town was forced to remove a wooden cross from the top of their Christmas tree after the ACLU filed a lawsuit against them, citing separation of religion and the state.
This year, atheists have also threatened to sue an Ohio town for featuring a nativity scene Christmas display, while a school in Norway was accused of censoring references to Santa Claus and his elves from Christmas songs.