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Vast Majority of Americans Stayed Home for Easter, Oppose Religious Exemptions to Stay-at-Home Orders

Apr 29, 2020

By PRRI Staff

Despite the reports of a few clergy defiantly promising to hold in-person services on Easter weekend amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of Americans say their churches were closed on the most widely attended Sunday of the year, and very few indicated they planned to attend religious services in person. In a survey conducted April 6-11 just before Easter, only 8% of Americans who typically attend religious services at least a few times a year report that the place they primarily attend services was holding in-person gatherings for Easter or other religious occasions.[1]

Among typical religious service attendees, even fewer (3%) report that they planned to attend in-person services for Easter or other religious occasions. Among this group, more than six in ten (61%) say they planned to attend online services or watch television services for Easter or another religious occasion, compared to about one-third (32%) who did not plan to attend services in any form.

Who Participated in Online Services for Easter?

Participating in services online or on television does not significantly vary by religious affiliation. Among those who typically attend religious services, majorities of nonwhite Protestants (69%), white evangelical Protestants (65%), Catholics (63%), and white mainline Protestants (56%) say they planned to attend online services for Easter or other occasions.[2]

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2 comments on “Vast Majority of Americans Stayed Home for Easter, Oppose Religious Exemptions to Stay-at-Home Orders

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    Michael 100 says:

    “Despite the reports of a few clergy defiantly promising to hold in-person services on Easter weekend amid the growing coronavirus pandemic,”

    I suspect that most of the religious leaders who wanted to disregard the COVID-19 restrictions, are leaders of fly-by-night, for profit, churches who need the weekly collections in order to remain in business.


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  • My understanding is that this coming season’s Flu Vaccine gets its recipe from places in the southern hemisphere (like Australia).  Can someone with knowledge of the process please comment on the following questions:  Could the shelter in place practices being implemented now cause less people to contract The Flu in Australia this year?  Could lower instances of The Flu this year in the southern hemisphere lessen Flu mutations?  What is the likelihood that the recipe for this year’s northern hemisphere Flu Vaccine will have a higher success rate because of the decrease in mutations?  Is there a chance that this can snowball during shelter in place times and we eliminate The Flu?  Should doctor/scientists be promoting this experiment now instead of waiting for results and trying to convince people after that they are not just twisting data for a political agenda?


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