Rasmussen Poll: Americans Want Christmas in Public Schools

Image: Rasmussen Poll: Americans Want Christmas in Public Schools Students from Community Christian School in Tallahassee sing Christmas carols at the Florida Capitol Rotunda on Dec. 3.

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 05:01 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Despite persistent claims of a "War on Christmas," Americans strongly believe the holiday should be recognized in public schools, a new poll released Wednesday showed.

The Rasmussen Reports survey found that 75 percent of U.S. adults think Christmas should be celebrated in schools, with just 15 percent disagreeing and 10 percent unsure.

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The survey was conducted Monday and Tuesday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The poll comes as controversy resurfaces over celebrating the holiday – including a new book by Sarah Palin in which she contends there's "a War on Christmas" and religious freedom in America. The book is titled "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas."

The issue is also being covered by The Blaze, which has a section that links to stories in which atheists challenge public Christmas displays; by the Fox Nation website, which encourages people to report "attacks" on Christmas; and by the American Family Association, which lists companies that refer to "Holiday Sale" or "Holiday Gift Guide," or whose salespeople don't say "Merry Christmas."

In one state, however, there is reason for Christmas cheer for the holiday's supporters.

Wishing someone "Merry Christmas" is now protected by law in Texas public schools. Conservatives are hoping similar measures will gain traction across the country.

The Texas law, known as the "Merry Christmas Law" – the first of its kind in the country – was approved by the state legislature over the summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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