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Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe nativity scenes and other Christian symbols should be allowed on government property, though many of them believe they should be accompanied by representations of other faiths, a new poll has found. The findings by the Pew Research Center come amid what's turned into a holiday tradition: court battles over creches that are erected in front of town halls, courthouses and other public buildings throughout the country.

The pollsters found that 44 percent of those questioned think it's fine to have a Christian display in those places, even if no other religions are represented. Another 28 percent say nativity scenes and the like should be allowed but only if menorahs or symbols of other religious holidays are included. One in five people say there should be no religious displays on government property.


— Tracy Connor