Take your "Happy Holidays" and shove it. Finally, there's proof that Americans prefer "Merry Christmas."

By a wide margin, 68 percent to 23 percent, Americans prefer stores with signs that say "Merry Christmas" during the Christmas holidays than the more generic and secular "Happy Holidays," according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.

And in all 34 of the categories the accurate and prominent pollster looks at, "Merry Christmas" was the hands-down winner.

A few examples:

-- Among men, it's 69 percent for "Merry Christmas," compared to 22 percent for "Happy Holidays."

-- Women: 67 percent to 23 percent.

-- Whites: 69 percent to 20 percent.

-- Blacks: 56 percent to 40 percent.

-- Republicans: 86 percent to 8 percent.

-- Democrats: 51 percent to 41 percent.

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