This won’t surprise you: Only Republicans care about the fictional “War on Christmas.”
This might surprise you: Even Republicans don’t really care about the “War on Christmas.”
How do you even measure that? A new poll from Morning Consult finds that, while 56% of Republicans say they would be more likely to shop at stores that explicitly say “Merry Christmas,” 36% said it wouldn’t change their habits at all. Meanwhile, if a store said “Happy Holidays,” 48% of Republicans said it wouldn’t make any difference.
But overall, more Americans than not said it wouldn’t make a bit of difference if a store used the phrase “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” They’re going to shop wherever they feel like it.
Those numbers stand in stark contrast to Democrats, who really don’t give a damn what anyone says in a store, but it hardly some sort of Christmas coup for the GOP. If this is the sort of thing you get worked up about, it probably has more to do with your politics than your faith.
The poll also found that, for the first time, fewer than half of all Americans planned to celebrate Christmas in a religious way.
While nearly all (90 percent) of the public said they celebrate Christmas, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center survey, for the first time fewer than half (46 percent) said they celebrate it in a religious way. That’s a drop from 51 percent who said the same thing in 2013.
If there’s “War on Christmas” meant to symbolize the link between the holiday and Christianity, then the Christmas side is finally outnumbered. (We’re coming for you next, Santa.)
At a time when Donald Trump acts like he’s doing the country a favor by saying “Merry Christmas,” it’s clear most Americans either don’t care or don’t have a positive connection with the phrase.
How’s that for irony? Republicans found a way to turn people against the idea of a “Merry Christmas,” dividing people over an issue that really doesn’t have to be controversial, and all because conservative Christians decided to co-opt something else as a sign of true patriotism.