"We're going to start saying 'Merry Christmas' again," President-elect Donald Trump recently told a rally of his fans in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Google Trends data suggest that the so-called "war on Christmas" was canceled for lack of interest sometime around 2006, a year after the publication of the book of the same name. So Trump's determination to bring it back in 2016 - he's been talking about it all campaign season - may seem like something of a puzzle.
But of course, the fight against "political correctness" was one of the central themes of Trump's successful presidential campaign. A backlash against the (real or imagined) political correctness of the Democratic Party, the coastal elite and the mainstream media resonated with white working-class voters in the key states that put him over the 270 electoral vote threshold.
Public Policy Polling (PPP) is out this week with a new survey that untangles some of the tortured politics of holiday greetings. The firm asked 1,224 voters whether they preferred "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays." Some of the findings turn the politics of "Merry Christmas" on its head.
Only 9 percent of Americans preferred the nondenominational greeting, vs. 45 percent who prefer a traditional "Merry Christmas." (46 percent said they didn't care.)”*
Read more here: http://www.nola.com/holidays/index.ssf/2016/12/happy_holidays_offends_conserv.html
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