- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 7, 2017

In a bitterly divided America, roughly 43 percent of both Republicans and Democrats agree on at least one thing: inflatable holiday lawn decorations are just plain “tacky.”

That’s just one finding from an online survey conducted by the website YourStorageFinder.com, which sought to find out if it’s possible to declare a truce in the “War on Christmas” this year.

Republicans and Democrats in roughly equal numbers also agreed on the tackiness of lighted sculptures and themed Christmas trees, while Democrats were more likely to approve of the ugly Christmas-sweater trend than Republicans, according to the survey.

The survey also found similar levels of annoyance by both Republicans and Democrats regarding inconsiderate neighbors who have outdoor displays that are too bright and/or loud.

YourStorageFinder — which bills itself as “The #1 Website To Find Self Storage Anywhere” — also found that on average it’s Republicans who need more storage space to stow away all their holiday gear. Republicans surveyed were found on average to need 6.5 storage tubs to pack away their decorations, compared to the Democrat average of 5.1. Republicans also spent more time decking their halls: 3.5 hours to Democrats’ 2.7 hours.

But when it comes to the perennial flashpoint in the cultural conversation — Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? — the survey found a marked partisan difference.

While 60.4 percent of survey respondents said the “primary message” of their mailed holiday cards wished readers a “Merry Christmas,” there was a marked difference by political affiliation. A whopping 78.3 percent of Republican opted for “Merry Christmas” while just 47.4 percent of Democrats did.

Just 16.3 percent of Republicans said their primary holiday-card greeting was “Happy Holidays,” compared to 38.8 percent of Democrats.

According to YourStorageFinder’s news release, the recent online survey involved 2,006 participants hailing from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and ranging in age from 20 to 75.

A representative with YourStorageFinder told The Washington Times that the political breakdown of the respondents was as follows: 41.12 percent Democrat; 21.63 percent Republican; 14.34 percent independent, lean conservative; 17.66 percent independent, lean liberal; 2.63 Libertarian; 0.60 percent Green; and 2.03 percent other.

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