There are always winners and losers in elections, but the biggest loser in the 2016 election seems to be Santa Claus.
Public Policy Polling says 59 percent of Americans lost their belief in jovial St. Nick following the 2016 election. That contrast with 2012 when only 45 percent of Americans denied Santa existed.
Dean Debnam of Public Policy Polling said Santa defections stretched across the political spectrum. “Everyone is feeling a little bit less hope and joy after this year.”
The poll, which was conducted earlier this month and included 1,229 respondents, produced some other “findings” worth noting in the holiday season:
- Seventy percent of respondents believed they were on Santa’s “Nice List” and only 8 percent thought they were on the “Naughty List.”
- Only 35 percent said President-elect Donald Trump was on Santa’s “Nice List;” 48 percent believed he was on the “Naughty List.”
- Only 34 percent of respondents think there is a War on Christmas and 51 percent don’t believe there is such a war.
- Almost 70 percent of Trump supporters prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” as a seasonal greeting; 63 percent of Clinton supporters said they didn’t care which greeting is used.
Santa can take some consolation in that public opinion polling took its own hit in the election, with fewer people believing in the authenticity of political polls. Maybe the key is not to take some things too seriously.