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Here's how Americans really feel about the war on Christmas

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SALT LAKE CITY — If the war on Christmas is real, those who support public Nativity displays need to strengthen their defenses.

A declining number of Americans say Christian symbols like depictions of baby Jesus in a manger belong on government property, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on Christmas and faith. Sixty-six percent of U.S. adults support these displays today, compared to 72 percent in 2014.

"The decline is really concentrated among those who say they think Christian symbols like Nativity scenes should be allowed on their own," said Greg Smith, Pew's associate director of research. Around 3 in 10 Americans continue to support interfaith displays, which pair Christian displays with menorahs and other non-Christian symbols of the season.

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