Voters in the latest Quinnipiac University Poll overwhelmingly say the "Merry Christmas" vs. "Happy Holidays" debate is a bogus issue.
The call for more people to say, "Merry Christmas," instead of "Happy Holidays" is an issue "made up for political purposes" rather than a real issue, American voters say 76 percent vs. 19 percent, the Q Poll says. No listed group believes this is a real issue, pollsters said.
"American voters suspect a political Grinch behind the so-called war on Christmas," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
But according to a new Knights of Columbus-Marist University Poll, Americans do have a preference. By more than 20 percentage points — 59 percent to 36 percent — a majority of Americans prefer the greeting “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.”
The nearly 6 in 10 (59 percent) who prefer Merry Christmas is slightly higher than last year’s 57 percent.
From Dec. 13 to 18, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,230 voters nationwide with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
For the Marist Poll, 1,074 adults were surveyed Nov. 6 to 9, with a margin of error of 3.0 percentage points.
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