According to a new Pew Research poll, only 51% of Americans think of Christmas as a religious holiday. 32% see it as merely a day to celebrate culture.
The poll’s results show a clear shift in Americans’ view of Christmas — while 70% of those polled said they used to attend church on Christmas or Christmas Eve, only 54% said they plan on doing so this year. Younger Americans are less likely to make Christmas into a religious celebration.
The new Pew Research survey’s results do not come as a surprise, given the fact that other studies have shown that American society is becoming more secular as a whole.
Despite the divide between secular and religious Americans, there is one thing both groups admit to doing: buying Christmas gifts! 90% of those interviewed in the new poll said they buy and give gifts to celebrate the holiday. So, commercialization of Christmas is what brings Americans together this time of year. Shocking.