There wasn't a gender gap in the answers: Both men and women like seeing "Merry Christmas" in store windows, according to Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling company. But from a political perspective, there was a sleighful of difference: 88 percent of Republicans wanted to see "Merry Christmas," while just 57 percent of Democrats favored it. ...
The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 adults, taken in mid-November, found that 57 percent said they will attend a Christian religious service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year. Fewer than a third (30 percent) said they wouldn't be going to a special service. Women are more likely to attend a Christmas service than men.
Source: The Washington Times (via: Carpetbagger)
The political difference is quite striking — and very much in line with other poll differences that I've seen over the past few years. It's not a surprise that people who identify as Republican would prefer to see the Christian seasonal holiday singled out for special recognition while other religious and secular holidays are ignored. It's become integral to Republican political fortunes that being a Republican is associated with being a Christian — or at least pretending that Christianity deserves special treatment in America.
By the same token, it's heartening to see that far fewer Democrats support such special treatment for Christianity, though to be honest it's a shame that 57% of Democrats continue to think like Republicans. I guess it will be a while before a majority of Democrats realize that when a number of holidays occur around the same time of year, there's no justification for singling out the Christian one for special privileges or recognition. I fear that we'll never see the day when a majority of Republicans come to this realization.
Scott Krugman, a spokesman for the National Retail Federation, said the "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" issue has been around for a few years. "I don't think it's a new issue" for the industry, Mr. Krugman said yesterday.
It's been around for quite a lot longer than a "few years," though the Christian Nationalists have made a much bigger deal about it these past few years. It's nice to see someone stating publicly that for at least some people, this isn't and shouldn't be a big deal. Hopefully over the course of time, more and more people will realize that the future of Christianity doesn't rest on, and won't even be affected by, whether they hear "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays" from random strangers and larger international retail conglomerates. Or is that just wishful thinking on my part?