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Merry Christmas Or Happy Holidays? Half Of New Jerseyans Don't Care

Seasons greetings, Santa.
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As New Jerseyans rush through last-minute holiday shopping, they are less likely than other Americans to prefer hearing "Merry Christmas" from merchants and more likely to opt for something less religious, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

One-third still prefer “Merry Christmas,” while 19% want something less religious, such as “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.”

Nearly half don't care.

“Almost nine in 10 New Jerseyans celebrate Christmas, but residents without a preference or who want a more generic greeting outnumber those who want ‘Merry Christmas’ by more than 2 to 1,” said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, one third of New Jerseyans hadn't made one yet.

Among those who have, health- and fitness-related promises top the list.

Eleven percent mention staying or getting healthy, another 8% specify something about losing weight, and 3% want to strive for good health, in general. Three percent also hope to quit smoking.

Five percent have made a resolution about money – spending less, as well as saving or making more – while another 5% say something about becoming more successful.

Other resolutions include becoming a better person (7%) and achieving peace and happiness (3%).

Results are from a statewide poll of 843 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2015. The sample has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.

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