The majority of Americans want curbs on in-person church services and are not worried about restrictions on their religious freedoms as states begin to ease coronavirus lockdowns, a new poll has found.
Just 9% of Americans want no restrictions on religious services, while 48% said they should not be allowed at all, according to a recent poll by the University of Chicago’s Divinity School and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. Even for those Americans who strongly identify with a religion, 45% of those polled said they did not want to see a return to in-person services at churches, synagogues and mosques.
Among those polled, white evangelical Protestants embraced a return to in-person worship, and 46% of the group said that barring them from churches violates their freedom of religion.
The results of the poll come a week after President Trump said he was consulting with religious leaders on a gradual return to in-person worship as lockdowns are eased in some states over the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s wonderful to watch people over a laptop, but it’s not like being at a church,” Trump said during a Fox News town hall on Sunday. “And we have to get our people back to churches, and we’re going to start doing it soon.”
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