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Merry Christmas Versus Happy Holidays ? Which One Do You Prefer

“For some people, ‘Happy Holidays’ versus ‘Merry Christmas’ is an important symbolic issue,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of political science  and an analyst for the poll. “But as with a lot of cultural issues, it just doesn’t seem to have relevance for younger residents.”

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On the Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays debate, the poll found:

* 67 percent of residents prefer to say Merry Christmas, while 18 percent pick Happy Holidays. Fifteen percent say they’re indifferent or would rather people not say anything.

* 30 percent of residents under 30 say they’d rather hear a more neutral greeting, compared to 15 percent in older age categories. Seventy-one percent of people over 45 prefer Merry Christmas.

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