66% Celebrate Christmas As A Religious Holiday

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that another 20% celebrate the event as a secular holiday.

Of those who celebrate Christmas, 81% believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God sent to earth to die for our sins and 72% say Jesus was born to a virgin.

Among all Americans, whether they celebrate Christmas or not, 82% say the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked the earth 2,000 years ago. Only three percent (3%) say he did not and 15% aren’t sure.

Christians believe Christmas is one of the most important days of the year because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, and those who celebrate Christmas overwhelmingly agree with the central tenets of the Christian faith associated with the holiday.

A survey conducted around Easter found that 79% believe another central claim of the Christian faith–that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

Last year at this time, 64% of Americans said they planned to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, while 27% planned to celebrate in a secular fashion.

These core beliefs help explain why 72% of adults prefer to see holiday signs that wish them “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays” at this time of year.

For most Americans, the December holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year.

But, Americans are evenly divided as to whether holiday shopping is part of the joy or something to dread.

Americans also remain overwhelmingly in favor of allowing religious symbols to be displayed on public land and feel strongly that public schools should celebrate at least some religious holidays.

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