An increasing number of adults believe that religious aspects of Christmas are given less emphasis this year compared to previous years, a Pew Research survey released on Tuesday says.
Fifty-six percent of U.S. adults say the religious parts of the holiday are being emphasized less and less in American culture, as opposed to twelve percent who say Christmas is celebrated more in 2017 than in recent years, according to the survey conducted between November 29 and December 4.
In 2015 and 2016, President Donald Trump campaigned that he would put an end to the “war on Christmas” after Starbucks debuted less Christmas-centric cups in December 2015.
The majority of American adults, 55 percent, still celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, compared to 46 percent who see it as a cultural holiday and 9 percent who see it as both, Washington Examiner reports.
Four years ago, 59 percent saw the day as a religious holiday, including 51 percent who considered it more a religious day than a cultural one. The telephone survey was conducted with 1,503 adults nationwide.
In addition, fewer people say religious displays such as nativity scenes should be allowed on government property.
Also, compared to five years ago, a growing share of Americans say it does not matter to them how sales assistants greet them in stores during the holiday season – whether with “Merry Christmas” or a less-religious greeting like “happy holidays.”
A declining number of Americans also believe that biblical elements of the Christmas story reflect historical events that actually occurred.