Surprising Analysis Shows the South Prefers Saying “Happy Holidays” Over “Merry Christmas”

If there’s one part of the country where you’d think people prefer saying “Merry Christmas” over “Happy Holidays,” I’m sure most people would say the South. But an analysis of data by Andrew R. Lewis and Paul A. Djupe at Five Thirty Eight shows the opposite:

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Merry Christmas! American Christianity is on the Decline as “Nones” Steadily Grow

A new Gallup poll released today shows that, while Christians are still in the majority, their numbers are continuing to fall as more of them drift over to the Nones:

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Even in the South, Churches Don’t Have as Much Power As They Used To

Despite the amped up rhetoric from the Religious Right, religious belief is on the downswing in this country. Jay Reeves of the Associated Press recently took a look at the impact of that trend in the South, and his points are encouraging:

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New Study Shows People Vastly Overestimate the Percent of Non-Religious People in Their Countries

What percentage of people in your country have no religious affiliation?

In the United States, it’s approximately 16%.

And yet, when people were asked what they thought the percentage was for a new survey by Ipsos Mori, they guessed an astonishingly high 40%.

A huge overestimate. And it wasn’t just the U.S. either. In country after country, citizens assumed the percentage of religiously unaffiliated people in their nation was much higher than it actually was.

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White Christians Are Now in the Minority While the Young “Nones” Are on the Rise

According to Pew Research Center data published in the National Journal, white Christians are finally in the minority, dropping from 55% of the population in 2007 to 46% today.

In contrast, the generations born after 1981 — the older and younger Millennials — are continuing the trend of shedding their religious labels. More than a third of their populations are “Unaffiliated,” making that the largest demographic in both age groups.

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