Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

According to polling data released by the Monmouth University Polling Institute, two-thirds of Americans use "Merry Christmas" as their preferred greeting during the holiday season.

52 percent of Americans say they don't care how a store clerk acknowledges the holiday, while 32 percent would like to hear "Merry Christmas", and 15 percent would prefer "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings".

Four percent chose no greeting at all, and the other greetings were chosen less than one percent of the time. "And half say they plan to attend church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day", it said.

Currently, 55 percent of USA adults say they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, including 46 percent who see it as more of a religious holiday than a cultural holiday.

The poll results show that 55 percent of those polled celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, down from 59 percent in 2013, and that only 46 percent see Christmas as more religious than cultural, down from 51 percent in 2013.

The poll was conducted from November 29 to December 4 among US adults, according to the Pew report.

"You're going to be saying "Merry Christmas" again", he pledged during a speech to the Heritage Foundation on October 17.

Many surveyed agreed that the religious aspects of Christmas are not as prominent in American culture as in the past, but very few were bothered by this.

In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was born to a virgin, compared to 73 percent in the 2014 poll. "And there are similar declines in the shares of Americans who believe that Jesus' birth was heralded by an angel of the Lord, and that Jesus was laid in a manger as an infant".

For instance, there has been a noticeable decline in the percentage of USA adults who say they believe that biblical elements of the Christmas story, that Jesus was born to a virgin, for example, reflect historical events that occurred.

Catholics aren't immune from the decline in belief about the biblical account of Jesus's birth.

According to Pew, people are less concerned now than they were in 2012.

President Donald Trump has said that political correctness led to a "war on Christmas".

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