On a normal Easter Sunday, millions of Americans participate in group activities like going to church services, having large family dinners or hunting for Easter eggs. However, this is not a normal Easter, as the U.S. is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and many states will still have restrictions on gatherings during the holiday. The economy will feel the effects, too, considering that 91 million Americans who observe Easter say coronavirus will affect their Easter spending this year, according to a nationally representative survey conducted by WalletHub. Luckily, that’s a 47% drop from last year, which shows that we are gradually recovering.
WalletHub’s survey aimed to find out how Americans’ Easter plans have been impacted by the pandemic, as well as to gauge people’s attitudes on the crisis in the context of the Easter season and religion.
- People plan to be generous with their stimulus checks. 76 Million Americans say they would donate part of the upcoming stimulus check to a religious organization.
- Religion is a source of comfort. 47% of Americans say that religion has helped them get through the pandemic.
- The pandemic has made us appreciate family and health more. COVID-19 has made Americans most grateful for their family (39%), followed by health (29%) and then freedom (12%).
- More people might celebrate in person this year. Americans are 23% more likely to celebrate Easter with friends and family compared to last year.
Easter is one of the biggest holidays of the year, but it will be drastically different than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. In order to provide further guidance to those who celebrate Easter, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts. Click on the experts below to view their bios and responses to the following key questions:
- Does it surprise you that 82% of Easter-celebrating Americans say they will not go to church for Easter this year, even if it’s open?
- Why do you think 76 Million Americans say they would donate part of the upcoming stimulus check to a religious organization?
- How big of an impact has COVID-19 had on church finances?
- Should state and local governments allow church services on Easter Sunday?
Ask the Experts
This report reflects the results of a nationally representative online survey of over 750 respondents.
After we collected all responses, we normalized the data by age, gender, and income so the sample would reflect U.S. demographics.
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|Has the country gone back to normal more or less than you expected at this time last year?|
|Has religion helped you make it through the pandemic?|
|How did you celebrate Easter LAST year? (check all that apply)|
|Stay at home||68%|
|Friends and family get together||30%|
|Meal at a restaurant||7%|
|How will you celebrate Easter THIS year? (check all that apply)|
|Stay at home||55%|
|Friends and family get together||37%|
|Meal at a restaurant||7%|
|Will the coronavirus affect your Easter spending this year?|
|What aren't you buying this year for Easter that you typically do? (check all that apply)|
|What has the coronavirus made you more thankful for, if anything?|
|How much will you donate to your church this Easter?|
|Less than usual||29%|
|More than usual||9%|
|If you get a another stimulus check from the federal government, will you donate any of it to a religious organization?|
|Have churches and other religious organizations done enough to help with coronavirus relief?|
Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.