Thursday, December 03, 2009

O Holy Night

"O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877), a wine merchant and poet. Cappeau was asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. It has become a standard modern carol for solo performance with an operatic finish.

Utica, NY -- Americans prefer signs that it's Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving, with 59% of adults saying they like to see Christmas lights on homes, store displays, and hear Christmas tunes on the radio the day after Thanksgiving and no sooner (and also no later!), according to a new Zogby poll.

Speaking of Christmas tunes, out of a list of nine choices, we asked Americans to vote for their three favorite holiday songs. O Holy Night was the clear winner with 58% of adults voting for it as their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd favorite holiday song. White Christmas (41%), and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (38%) also topped the list. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (10%) and Adam Sandler's the Hanukkah Song (9%) received the fewest votes.

Here's the overall ranking:

#1 O Holy Night: 58%
#2 WhiteChristmas: 41%
#3 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire): 38%
#4 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: 28%
#5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: 24%
#6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24: 17%
#7 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 15%
#8 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: 10%
#9 Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song: 9%

Most Republicans enjoy O Holy Night, with 67% of them voting for it as one of their three favorite holiday songs compared to 56% of independents and 50% of Democrats. More women (62%) than men (53%) prefer this song and considering the strong religious theme, so do adults who attend religious services at least once a week. Seventy-six percent of adults who attend religious services more than once a week say O Holy Night is on their top three list as do 72% of Americans who go to church at least weekly. Only 25% of people who say they never attend religious services picked O Holy Night as one of their three favorite holiday songs. White Christmas leads among those who never attend religious services but only 36% of this group voted for White Christmas as a top three; 16% said either none of the listed songs were their favorite or that they do not listen to or enjoy holiday songs.

Zogby International conducted an online survey of 2,330 adults from November 4 - November 6, 2009. A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate. Slight weights were added region, party, age, race, religion, gender, education to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 2.1 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

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