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Nearly half of voters say not enough religious focus on Christmas

A new survey released ahead of Christmas found that almost half of those polled said there wasn’t enough focus on the religious aspect of the holiday.

Meanwhile, according to the  Hill-HarrisX survey, 18 percent say there is too much emphasis on the religiosity of Christmas, while 36 percent said the mix is just about right.

The poll comes on the heels of a survey released earlier this year showing that the number of Americans who identify as Christians was declining rapidly around the country.




The Pew Research Center found that Americans who identify as Christians fell by 12 percent over the past decade, as those who describe their religious identity as agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular” was at 25 percent, or 9 points higher than in 2009.

The Hill-HarrisX survey data, released on Dec. 20, was also broken down along party lines.

It found that a majority of Republicans, 57 percent, said there was too little emphasis on religion during Christmas, while 45 percent Democrats and 37 percent Independents said the same.

There is also an age gap. A majority of voters aged 50 and over said there was too little emphasis on religion during Christmas, while just 29 percent of Millennial voters age 18 to 34 and 39 percent of voters aged 35 to 49 said so.


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