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In what might be a glimmer of good news among all the negativity associated with COVID-19, a new study conducted by Pew Research Group found the threat is strengthening faith.
One-quarter of U.S. adults overall (24%) say their faith has become stronger because of the COVID-19 panic, while just 2% say their faith has become weaker.
The majority say their faith hasn’t changed much (47%) or that the question isn’t applicable because they were not religious to begin with (26%).
The figures are higher among people who admit to attending church services at least monthly.
Christians are more likely than other religious groups in this analysis to say their faith has grown stronger as a result of the pandemic, a feeling that is reported by 56% of Protestants in the historically black tradition, as well as by four-in-ten evangelicals (42%) and roughly one-quarter of Catholics (27%) and mainline Protestants (22%).
The most religious Americans – those who frequently pray and attend services (at least in typical times), and who rate religion as very important to them – are far more likely than others to say their faith has grown stronger as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The full report can be found at Pew Research Center.