Poll: ‘Christmas’ tree or ‘holiday’ tree?

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The 2012 theme for the White House Christmas is Joy to All. First Lady Jackie Kennedy started the tradition of picking a Christmas theme in 1961. More then 90,000 people will visit the White House to see the decorations. The White House has a total of 54 live Christmas trees along the visitor tour route. […]

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2012 White House Christmas decorations(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%.

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