We recently recapped how the “War on Christmas” is non-existent and is a ridiculous excuse for some Religious Right activists to throw a pity fest for themselves and pretend they’re oppressed while politicizing inclusive holiday greetings, decorations and religious symbols.
As of 2016, most Americans agree with us on this bogus “war,” according to a recent Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll, which revealed that 34 percent of Americans think there’s a “War on Christmas,” while 54 percent of Americans don’t.
While it’s unfortunate that 34 percent actually buy into this fraudulent hysteria, this is actually a smaller percentage than the last time PPP conducted the poll three years ago, when 41 percent of Americans polled said they thought there was a “War on Christmas.”
“Evidently the war on the War on Christmas is one we're winning,” the poll results read.
But the statistics get more interesting when you look a little deeper and make some political connections. It turns out that people who lean toward voting conservative are more likely to believe in this “war.”
The poll reported that 60 percent of Trump voters believe in the “War on Christmas,” and 24 percent of them said they’re more concerned about this than they are about a potential real-life war with China. (This is honestly hilarious.)
Most Americans agree with us: The "War on Christmas" is bogus.
This mindset isn’t surprising given that President-elect Donald J. Trump politicized Christmas throughout his campaign and has touted the notion post-election that he’s now created a safe space for American Christians to say “Merry Christmas.”
“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” Trump said at a Dec. 13 victory rally in Wisconsin. “Merry Christmas. So, Merry Christmas everyone!”
But Trump’s politicization of holiday greetings may fall on deaf ears. The full PPP poll also noted that 46 percent of Americans “don’t care” about this holiday greetings debate, while 45 percent prefer to say “Merry Christmas” but don’t care enough to be offended. Only 13 percent of the people polled said they get offended by “Happy Holidays,” and 80 percent of Americans are not offended by either holiday greeting.
Clearly, this year’s political climate didn’t change much about how Americans approach the holiday season. “Happy Holidays” has always been about religious and non-religious inclusivity (as well as taking stock of the fact that there’s more than one holiday taking place at this time of year) rather than secularizing Christmas. This poll shows that most Americans tend to agree.
So Happy Holidays … or whatever.