Saint Patrick's Cathedral at Christmas, New York City BRIAN ZAK. (Photo by Brian ZAK/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

A Political IQ survey found that 40% of voters nationwide will celebrate Christmas this Friday as a religious holiday. For 32%, the celebration will include a mix of religious and secular elements, while 19% will celebrate a secular holiday. Eight percent (8%) do not celebrate Christmas in any manner.

In terms of celebrating, there are significant generational and demographic divides. Among voters under 25, just 23% celebrate primarily as a religious holiday. Among Senior citizens, that figure jumps to 49%.

However, a majority of every measured demographic group includes some religious elements in their celebration. For example, while 23% of the youngest voters celebrate Christmas solely as a religious holiday, another 28% of voters under 25 include both religious and secular elements in their festivities.

Data released yesterday showed that 63% of voters consider their faith more important than their politics.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from December 17-19, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 199 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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