A War on Christmas? More Americans OK with ‘Happy Holidays’

As everyone from pundits to late-night comedians discuss the so-called “War on Christmas,” nearly half (49 percent) of Americans agree that stores and businesses should, out of respect for people of different faiths, greet their customers with “happy holidays” or “season’s greetings” instead of “merry Christmas,” a new survey finds. While a sizable minority (43 percent) currently prefer the specifically religious greeting, support for the more secular holiday greetings is up slightly since December 2010, when 44 percent preferred that businesses use the less religious greetings. CONT.

Public Religion Research Institute