Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about 'War on Christmas'

Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about 'War on Christmas'

The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across almost all demographic lines.

The poll was conducted from November 29 to December 4 among US adults, according to the Pew report.

A majority of Americans are not concerned about whether stores and businesses say "Merry Christmas" or some other non-religious greeting, according to a Pew Research Center poll.

And although most Americans still say they mark the occasion as a religious holiday, there has been a slight drop in recent years in the share who say they do this.

About eight-in-ten will gather with family and friends.

Many surveyed agreed that the religious aspects of Christmas are not as prominent in American culture as in the past, but very few were bothered by this. He has repeatedly said throughout the campaign and his presidency that under him, Americans will be "saying "Merry Christmas" again."

90 percent of Americans will celebrate Christmas either culturally, religiously, or both.

Breaking down the poll's results by party, more Republicans feel strongly about "Merry Christmas".


More than twice as many Democrats as Republicans said that religious symbols should not be allowed on government property.

Nine out of ten USA adults say they celebrate the holiday, which is almost identical to the share who said this in 2013.

Seventy-five percent believe baby Jesus was laid in a manger, compared to 81 percent in 2014.

Pew reported that while 32 percent of respondents said they would prefer to be greeted with "merry Christmas", 52 percent said it doesn't matter, and 15 percent said they would prefer a nonreligious greeting like "happy holidays" or "season's greetings".

Pew said "nones" - people who identify as atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular" - recorded the sharpest decline in belief in the nativity narratives.

Sixty-six percent of Americans believe Jesus was born to a virgin, compared to 73 percent in 2014.

The accounts of Jesus' birth are found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and they differ.

Pew said the error rate for the survey was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for the full survey, and plus or minus 6.4 percentage points for Catholics.

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