- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

They look to the creche first, not the sleigh.

Though Christmas is a beloved holiday for many reasons, a new survey finds that 56 percent of Americans view Christmas as primarily a religious holiday, while 21 percent view it as a cultural holiday — and 22 percent say it’s a little of both.

And there’s a partisan divide, even here: 69 percent of Republicans identify Christmas as a religious event, compared to 52 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents, says the Vox Populi poll of 711 registered U.S. voters.

“In the age of political correctness, the majority of Americans will be celebrating this Christmas as a religious holiday, says analyst Lisa Boothe. “Interestingly, more Republicans identify Christmas as a religious holiday than Democrats or independents.”

By the way, only 20 percent of Americans insist that religious symbols be barred from Christmas displays at government sites and other public places; 9 percent of Republicans and 30 percent of Democrats agree. So says a Pew Research Center poll released Monday.

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