12/20: Battle of the Season’s Greetings: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Nearly two-thirds of adults nationally — 64% — think people should say, “Merry Christmas” during the holiday season while more than three in ten — 31% — believe the appropriate greeting is “Happy Holidays.”  Four percent are unsure.

Christmas card


When Marist last reported it in 2010, 61% thought “Merry Christmas” should convey the greetings of the season while 35% believed “Happy Holidays” did the trick.  Five percent, at that time, were unsure.

Table: “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”

Marist Poll Methodology

This poll was released in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus.  To learn more, click here.