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Most OK with "Merry Christmas," Displays

A series of Rassmussen Reports released this month say most Americans aren’t offended by the phrase “Merry Christmas” and believe that religious displays on public land (Christmas nativity scenes, Hannukah menorahs, etc.) should be permitted. Most also celebrate Christmas (their poll said over 90%), but half will still use the phrase “Happy Holidays” anyway to avoid offending people. The vast majority (80%) also favor celebrating religious holidays in public schools; 43% of these believe all religious holidays should be celebrated, and 37% think only some should be. 14% are against celebrating any religious holidays in schools.

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