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Most Americans Don’t Mind Being Wished “Happy Holidays”

Whether Americans celebrate Christmas or not, most are not offended by the type of holiday greeting they receive this time of year.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 88% celebrate Christmas, while eight percent (8%) do not. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Among those who celebrate Christmas, 76% say they wouldn’t be offended if someone wished them “Happy Holidays” instead of "Merry Christmas." But one-in-five (20%) say they would be offended if someone wished them Happy Holidays.

Many of those who celebrate Christmas (37%) say they’d wish a casual acquaintance Merry Christmas even if they knew that person doesn’t celebrate the holiday. Most (58%) would opt for Happy Holidays if they knew the person did not celebrate Christmas.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on December 7-8, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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