POLL: What's your favorite Christmas carol?

'O Holy Night,' 'White Christmas' and 'The Christmas Song' top charts

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UTICA, N.Y. — Americans prefer signs that it's Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving, with 59 percent 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, Zogby asked Americans to vote for their three favorite holiday songs. "O Holy Night" was the clear winner with 58 percent of adults voting for it as their first, second and third favorite holiday song. "White Christmas" (41 percent), and "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (38 percent) also topped the list.

Here's the overall ranking:

1. O Holy Night: 58 percent

2. WhiteChristmas: 41 percent

3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire): 38 percent

4. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: 28 percent

5. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: 24 percent

6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24: 17 percent

7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 15 percent

8. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: 10 percent

9. Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song: 9 percent

Most Republicans enjoy "O Holy Night," with 67 percent of them voting for it as one of their three favorite holiday songs compared to 56 percent of independents and 50 percent of Democrats. More women (62 percent) than men (53 percent) 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 percent of Americans who go to church at least weekly. Only 25 percent 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 percent of this group voted for "White Christmas" as a top three; 16 percent said 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 Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2009. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

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