Americans want to keep “Christ” in Christmas to the degree that they wish the holiday would be more about Jesus than Santa Claus, according to a new poll.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll, for example, finds that by a margin of 66 percent to 21 percent, Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” to the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

The poll also finds that while there has been increasing commercialization of Christmas, beginning as far back as September in some stores, the adults polled said, overwhelmingly, that Christmas should be about Jesus Christ, not Santa Claus.

Rasmussen found that a whopping 76 percent believe Christmas should focus on Jesus, not Santa. Just 14 percent said the holiday should be about Santa and all he represents.

And no matter where they come down on the Christmas versus Happy Holidays debate, those polled said that Christmas remains their top holiday.

Other details:

-- Just 36 percent said holiday shopping is fun.

-- 40 percent said Christmas shopping is a “chore.”

-- Evangelical Christians, other Protestants and Catholics all overwhelming prefer Merry Christmas. Those of other faiths are evenly divided.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at