Poll: 76% Say Christmas Should Be Celebrated in Public Schools

By Craig Bannister | December 16, 2019 | 12:19pm EST
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Three-fourths of American adults say Christmas should be celebrated in public schools, a new Rasmussen poll reveals.

Nearly five times as many Americans say schools should celebrate Christmas (76%) as say they should not (16%), while 8% say they’re “not sure.” Regardless of gender, party affiliation, and marital status, about three out of four adults agree that schools should celebrate Christmas.

Likewise, 76% of both those who have children at home, and of those who don’t, support celebrating Christmas in public schools.

By race, 86% of black adults want Christmas celebrated in public schools, compared to 74% of whites and 76% of “other” races.

Americans also voiced broad support for allowing religious symbols on public land, responding to the following question:

“Should religious symbols like Christmas Nativity scenes, Hanukkah menorahs and Muslim crescents be allowed on public land?”

  • Yes: 69%
  • No: 17%
  • Not Sure: 14%

By employment status, government workers expressed the strongest support for allowing religious symbols on public land (79%), followed by retired adults (76%), private sector workers (71%) and “other” (57%) employees.

The national Rasmussen survey of 1,000 U.S. adults was conducted December 8-9, 2019 and has a Margin of Sampling Error of three percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


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