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.
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.
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