By demographic, black people are “significantly more likely” (56 percent) than white people (42 percent) or other minorities (43 percent) to say they are planning on attending a service. Black people are more likely to rank Christmas as one of the country’s most important holidays. Men are also more likely than women to view Christmas as one of the most important holidays, 62 percent to 56 percent.
By age, younger adults are less likely than older adults to rate Christmas highly.
“Less than half (49 percent) of adults under 40 consider Christmas one of America’s most important holidays, while 68 percent of those age 65 or older think Christmas is among the most important holidays,” according to the poll.
Broken down by political affiliation, Republicans favor Christmas more than Democrats 75 percent to 51 percent, and more than unaffiliated voters at 54 percent. More Republicans also plan to attend a religious service than Democrats, 56 percent to 38 percent. Forty-one percent of unaffiliated voters said they plan to attend a service this year.
Married Americans and people with children are more likely to rank Christmas highly and to attend religious services than those who are unmarried and do not have children. Out of Americans who think Christmas is one of the most important holidays, 77 percent said they expect to attend a religious service, the poll found.