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Americans Like ‘Merry Christmas’ More But Say It Less


Very few Americans are offended when someone wishes them a "Merry Christmas," but most are more likely to say "Happy Holidays" to someone else rather than risk offending them.

Rasmussen Reports surveyed Adults nationwide to get a sense of what they consider proper etiquette this holiday season, whether they celebrate Christmas or not. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Ninety-two percent (92%) of Americans say they celebrate Christmas in their family. Just six percent (6%) do not.

Among those who celebrate Christmas, 36% say they are more likely to wish a Merry Christmas to a casual acquaintance even if they know the person celebrates some other holiday at this time of year. However, 58% say they're more likely to wish that person Happy Holidays.

Forty-three percent (43%) of those who don't celebrate Christmas are more likely to wish someone Happy Holidays even if they know that person celebrates the holiday. Nearly as many (39%) say they'd wish that individual a Merry Christmas, but 18% aren't sure.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.  We poll on a variety of topics in the fields of politics, business and lifestyle, updating our site's content on a news cycle throughout the day, everyday.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 4-5, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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