43% Of Americans Believe In Santa Claus And 7 Other Things Americans Think About The Holidays

Public Policy Polling’s annual holiday poll comes out tomorrow. An exclusive first-look given to BuzzFeed shows Americans are pretty divided over Santa’s race, 40% of Americans said they believe in Santa Claus, many Americans believe the “War on Christmas” is real, and more people think Santa is a Democrat than a Republican.

1. Americans are pretty evenly divided over whether it is a “fact” that Santa is white. Only 2% of African-Americans believe Santa is white, according to PPP.

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2. More than 40% of Americans told PPP that they believe in Santa Claus.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

3. More Americans thinks Santa Claus is a Democrat than Republican, but most aren’t sure.

Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

4. Most Americans do not believe there is a “War on Christmas.”

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

5. More Americans think Barack Obama would protect the United States in the fictional “War on Christmas” than Sarah Palin.

Keith Lane / MCT

6. Most Americans don’t care if someone says “Happy Holidays” to them.

Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

7. But they still prefer “Merry Christmas.”

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

8. Most people think they are on the nice list, but there is a gender difference: 80% of women think they are, but only 65% of men say the same.

Benoit Tessier / Reuters

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