Poll: 'Christmas' tree or 'holiday' tree?
December 24th, 2012
01:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Poll: 'Christmas' tree or 'holiday' tree?

(CNN) - They deck offices, lobbies, and living rooms, but what are they called?

A new poll shows Americans are overwhelmingly decided on whether it is a "Christmas" or "holiday" tree.

Eight in ten side with "Christmas" over "holiday," according to the latest poll from Clarus Research Group. Only 12% refer to it as a holiday tree.

By a lesser margin, Americans picked "Silent Night" as their favorite Christmas song. It scored more points than the second and third place songs, "White Christmas" and "Little Drummer Boy" combined.

In fourth place was "The Christmas Song," followed by "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Feliz Navidad," and "Jingle Bells."

Preference on "Christmas" versus "holiday" tree had a partisan divide: 95% of Republicans picked Christmas, while only 65% of Democrats said the same. Eighty five percent of independents picked "Christmas" tree.

The poll included 1,100 adults nationwide who were reached by phone between December 5 and 7. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.95%.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. dchan1936

    Without the Christian faith there wouldn't be a holiday in December. Let call it for what it is for.

    December 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. plain&simple

    For once republicans are on the right side of a poll....now if they could just get into the spirit of Christmas and give our country the government we all want....a functional one!!! That would be a true Christmas miracle...

    December 24, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Facts don't Lie

    This seems kind of petty to me...just another crying board that the far right can use. All my life I have called it a Christmas tree but if somebody else wants to call it a holiday tree or say Happy Holidays I have no problem with that. But as far as the religious die of it don't those pious right wingers know that the Christmas tree is actually "pagan" (look it up), that Christ moreso would have been born in September than December and are they upset at how large coroprations only look at this holiday for PROFIT even to the point now that some stores are open to shop on Thanksgiving? War on Christmas??

    December 24, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Ryan

    I'm as liberal and secular as they come, and I call it a Christmas tree, mostly because Christmas has become a cultural holiday. So never fear my left leaning friends, you don't need to be "that guy" who calls their decorated evergreen conifer a holiday tree.

    December 24, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. ljmoon

    I guess Christmas is still winning the war. So much so that its encroaching on Thanksgiving with Gray Thursday.

    December 24, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Of course it is a Christmas tree. What kind of logic is that? I am a liberal as they come, but this is really absurd. It is, has always been and will always be a Christmas tree. What should we call a Menorah, a winter candelabra? And the Muslim crescent moon? This political correctness is getting out of control. We don't have to deny our tradidition and heritage, it's a big part of the melting pot. Why deny who we are? And Merry Christmas to all of those who celebrate it and thank you to those who respect it.

    December 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Logic N LA

    dchan – Christ was born in September. December 25th is a pagan holiday – Saturnela and a celebration of Saturn and Winter solctice.
    the tree however is a Christmas Tree- as deginated by its use in celebrating Chrstmas. If other people have adopted it for use- great! but the tradition.

    December 24, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Anthony

    Here is a different poll. Who cares if we call it a "Christmas" tree or "holiday" tree? Call it whatever you like. Merry Christmas and happy holiday, everyone.

    December 24, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    You actually had to take a poll to recognize that?


    December 24, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Dennisweller

    Yer right x-mas sucks!

    December 24, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Ed1

    According to the Democrats they wanted to leave out God at the DNC. They didn't get the two thirds voted so they passed it anyway.

    If the Government wouldn't spend more that we take in we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.

    We do need to keep Church and the Government separate so let's do away with the Christmas holiday. The only reason we have the holiday is because that's the day Christ was born. no Christ no holiday period.

    The ACLU should sue the Government and get rid of the holiday so we could save a lot of tax dollars. Don't see anybody trying this why not.

    December 24, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. ST

    It is the only tree which survives at this time of the year with its leaves staying contact. It supports our celebrations as it adds more sense of Christmas time.

    December 24, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    Who cares? As a seasonal festival symbol, it far, far predates Christianity and was merely co-opted by the Christians in their march to eradicate everyone who doesn't tow their own dogmatic line. So it's far more than a Christmas tree, and far more important than Christmas. But if someone wants to call it that, big deal.

    December 24, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Kelby in Houston, TX

    The song goes "oh Christmas Tree!"
    It's called a Christmas Tree

    December 24, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. marty

    Come on, folks. Christmas is Christmas. It isn't Hannukah. It isn't Kwaanza. It isn't Festivus. It's Christmas. Don't try to make one day fit all. I respect the rights of the Jews and the Africans and the atheists to have a holiday of their own. Can't we respect each other's points of belief, or even the lack of belief? December 25 is what it is-Christmas, nothing more, nothing less. And whatever your belief, or non-belief, I hope 2013 is the best year yet for you and yours.

    December 24, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |