PPP's annual poll about the holidays finds that Americans think we might have turned the corner in batting back the 'War on Christmas.' Last year we found that 47% of voters in the country thought the war was being waged, to 40% who disagreed. But now those numbers have nearly flipped with just 41% saying they think there's a 'War on Christmas' to 47% who disagree.
It may be Barack Obama's leadership that has helped dial down this war. Even though Sarah Palin literally wrote the book on the 'War on Christmas,' Americans trust Obama more than Palin to protect Americans from the war by a 42/40 margin. That Obama is trusted over a Republican on an issue that's not exactly in his wheel house is some of the best polling news he's received in months.
Christmas brings Americans together. 87% have a positive opinion of it to only 7% with a negative view, and 85-89% of Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike see it in a positive manner. GOP voters are evidently a lot less sold on Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Just 64% have a favorable opinion of the Jewish holiday, compared to 80% of Democrats. But what Republicans really do not like is Kwanzaa- just 29% have a positive opinion of it to 48% with a negative one. Democrats don't share this discomfort, with 62% rating it favorably to 15% with a negative opinion.
Perhaps one reason Americans are less concerned now about the War on Christmas is that they're really not that concerned about the whole Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays thing. Certainly they prefer Merry Christmas- 51% say that's their greeting of choice to 8% for Happy Holidays and 41% who say it doesn't make a difference. But few Americans are actually offended by being told Happy Holidays- just 22% are with 75% saying it's not a big deal.
Republicans think Santa is 'verifiably white' by a 42/23 margin, while Democrats think he is not by a 24/48 spread. That partisan divide spills over into opinions of Fox host Megyn Kelley. The most important part of Kelly's poll numbers may be that 58% of Americans don't have an opinion of her even after the biggest week in the spotlight of her career to date. Most people have better things to do than worry about cable news. At any rate she has a 26% favorability rating, with 18% seeing her unfavorably. Republicans (44/9) like her while Democrats (9/24) do not.
Ending on a high note 72% of Americans think they're on Santa's nice list this year to only 12% who think they've made the naughty one. So most people should have a good haul under the tree next Wednesday morning.
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