|DALLAS — As COVID-19 has ground the U.S. economy to a near halt, leaving millions unemployed and financially insecure, thousands of self-identified Christians across the nation expressed optimism in President Trump and his administration’s ability to handle the crisis, according to two surveys conducted by My Faith Votes.
The surveys, conducted between late March and April, polled just under 20,000 self-identified Christians on their views on the government, their faith and the local church in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 6 in 10 (64%) of the respondents said they have a higher view of President Trump than before the COVID-19 outbreak, while approximately 32% said their view of the president remained unchanged and only 3.6% said it was lower. The surveys also found that approximately 90% of respondents had already made up their mind before the COVID-19 outbreak about who they would vote for in November’s presidential election, indicating their vote remains unchanged.
The surveys also revealed that Christian Americans are responding to this unprecedented crisis with faith. More than 50% of the respondents said they spend more time in prayer after the COVID-19 outbreak, and nearly 8 in 10 expressed satisfaction with how their local church is responding to the challenges posed by the virus.
“What these surveys have shown us is that COVID-19 may have disrupted our lives in America in many ways, but it hasn’t disrupted our faith or canceled our deeply held beliefs and values,” said Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes.
“Optimism in the face of uncertainty and adversity is a hallmark of the Christian faith. Just like men and women throughout history have responded with incredible faith even in the most dire of circumstances, so are Christians in America responding to this unprecedented crisis with hope that God will see us through.”
Below are a few highlights from the surveys:
- 8 in 10 respondents have a lower view of Democrats in Congress than before the COVID-19 outbreak.
- When it comes to Republican leadership in Congress approximately 37.5% of respondents have a higher view with 56.7% saying their view is unchanged.
- 61% of respondents in April think the U.S. is reacting with appropriate measure to the outbreak, while over 36% believe the U.S. is overreacting. (Results for this question between late March and April changed respectively by -10.4% and +13.3%).
- Respondents to the April survey listed access to health care (36.4%), retirement and long-term financial security (21.0%) and job loss and ability to pay bills (15.2%) as their top concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. This represented a shift from the March survey from health care (-9.6%) to long-term financial security (+4.1%), access to community programs (+2.1%) and job loss (+2.0%).
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