91%: OK to say Christmas
Citing separation of church and state, there has been a battle over the political correctness of using the word Christmas in government institutions, public schools and among some retailers. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we wanted to know if Americans thought it was proper to use the word Christmas over the holiday season. An overwhelming majority of Americans, 91% said it is OK, 45 said it is not and 5% did not have an opinion.
Men and Republicans were most supportive of using the word Christmas over the holidays with 95% of Republicans approving, and 94% of men saying it is OK to say Christmas. Not far behind, 93% of Americans over the age of 45 also think it is proper to use the word Christmas during the holiday season.
African-Americans felt the strongest against the use of the word Christmas with 13% saying it is not proper to say the word during the holiday season.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,174 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 1, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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