Many believe that Americans have lost sight of the “real meaning” of Christmas, according to a recent Ipsos poll conducted prior to the Christmas season.
Three-quarters at least partially agree that Americans have lost touch with the “real meaning” of Christmas. Of the respondents, 42 “strongly” agree.
More Christians (84 percent) agree with the statement that Americans have forgotten the true significance of Christmas. The majority of Republicans and Democrats, 88 percent and 66 percent, respectively, agree.
Furthermore, even non-religious Americans acknowledge that Americans have lost sight of the real significance of Christmas.
In addition, the poll did not ask participants to define what they believed to be the “true meaning” of Christmas.
The survey was conducted between December 9 and 11, 2022. It was “based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,023 adults,” according to the researchers.
It coincides with a Rasmussen Reports survey, which found that 65 percent believe that Christmas is “over-commercialized.” That is up 3 percent from the 62 percent who said the same last year.
There was consensus across the board, as most Republicans (70 percent), Democrats (67 percent), and independents (59 percent) said they believe the holiday is “over-commercialized.”
The survey also revealed that the majority of respondents, 58 percent, believe that stores start the Christmas season “too early.” Once again, there is a general consensus across all political parties on this issue, too.
The survey was conducted from December 6–7, 2022, among 1,000 U.S. adults and has a +/-3 percent margin of error.