There’s no doubt our country is pretty divided right now, but the holidays seem to be one thing that shouldn't be political. But a new poll has done just that, and it seems Democrats and Republicans have some different thoughts on certain aspects of the Christmas season.
According to a new poll:
- 71% of Americans will acknowledge the season by saying “Merry Christmas,” while 27% will say “Happy Holidays.”
- When broken down by party, 83% of Republicans say “Merry Christmas,” as compared to 68% of Independents and 63% of Democrats.
And apparently folks have some stong opinions on which way Christmas characters may lean politically. For example:
- Overall 42% of Americans believe Santa Claus is a Democrat, as compared to 35% who say he’s Republican, 13% who say he’s Libertarian and 11% who think he’s a Green Party member.
- But, of course, each party is claiming Santa as one of their own, with 69% of Republicans saying Santa is a member of their party, while 73% of Democrats believe he sides with them.
- Independents have different ideas though, with 36% saying he’s Democrat, 27% saying he’s Republican, 20% saying he’s Libertarian and 17% saying he’s part of the Green Party.
As for other favorite Christmas characters:
- Frosty the Snowman- 37% of Americans think he’s a Democrat, while 30% think he’s Republican, 17% think he’s Libertarian and another 17% think he’s Green.
- Rudolph The Red Noses Reindeer- 37% of Americans think he's Republican, while 33% say he’s Democrat, 16% choose Libertarian and 14% say Green.
- TheGrinch Who Stole Christmas- 48% of Americans say that at the beginning of the story he’s a Republican, while 37% think he’s a Democrat. (The poll didn’t ask folks thoughts about the Grinch at the end of the story.)