In spite of all the upheaval from the pandemic, roughly half (47%) of respondents to a Springtide Research Institute survey said their faith stayed about the same in the crisis. Just over a quarter (26%) said their faith grew stronger and a slightly higher number (27%) said they doubted or lost their faith.
Only 10% of young people (ages 13–25) said a clergy member had checked on them. But faith communities fared better when young people were asked to consider how institutions handled the pandemic: 50% said their faith community had done “a great job navigating the pandemic,” while two-thirds (65%) said the government did not do its best to protect people. More than half (57%) said they would have a hard time trusting others.
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