- The Washington Times
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Along with social distancing and working at home, the majority of Americans are now praying for an end to the spread of the coronavirus, according to a major pollster. Even those who have overlooked their faith have joined in.

“The virus also has impacted Americans’ religious behaviors. More than half of all U.S. adults (55%) say they have prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus. Large majorities of Americans who pray daily (86%) and of U.S. Christians (73%) have taken to prayer during the outbreak — but so have some who say they seldom or never pray and people who say they do not belong to any religion (15% and 24%, respectively),” reported the Pew Research Center in a wide-ranging survey released Tuesday.

It also found some distinct partisan difference in reactions to the pandemic.

“Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say their personal life has changed in a major way as a result of the coronavirus outbreak: About half of Democrats and Democratic leaners (51%) say this, compared with 38% of Republicans and those who lean to the GOP,” the poll said.

“Across a variety of measures, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say they are comfortable continuing with regular activities. Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats to say they are comfortable going to a grocery store and visiting friends and are far more likely than Democrats to say they are comfortable eating in a restaurant,” the pollster noted.

“Roughly seven-in-ten Republicans (69%) say they are comfortable visiting with a close friend or family member at their home, while 31% say they would be uncomfortable. Democrats are more divided: 55% say they would be comfortable doing this while 45% say they would not be comfortable.”

The source for the findings is a Pew Research Center survey of 11,537 U.S. adults conducted March 19-24, 2020,

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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