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, with more than 50 percent of U.S. states in some form of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government encouraging all Americans to practice social distancing, this is not a normal Easter. The economy will certainly feel the effects, too, considering that 68 percent of Americans who observe Easter say coronavirus will affect their Easter spending this year, according to a nationally representative survey conducted by WalletHub.
WalletHub’s survey aimed to find out how Americans’ Easter plans have changed from last year, as well as to gauge people’s attitudes on the crisis in the context of the Easter season and religion. Below are additional highlights from WalletHub’s survey, along with additional insight from a panel of experts and a complete description of our methodology.
- Worshippers don’t want to stay home: 56% of Americans who went to church on Easter Sunday last year say they will go to church for Easter this year, if it is open.
- Republicans are more likely to attend services: Republicans are almost three times more likely than Democrats to attend church on Easter this year, if it is open.
- Pandemics make us appreciate family and health more: The coronavirus has made Americans most grateful for their family (40%), followed by health (30%) and then freedom (13%).
- Traditional Easter spending is down: Almost half of Easter-celebrating Americans are skipping out on candy, new outfits and Easter foods this year, in contrast with prior years.
- COVID-19 itself is scarier than financial troubles: 68% of Americans are more worried about the coronavirus than the U.S. economy.
- Many Americans think lockdowns should last: About half of Americans believe that non-essential business, restaurants and travel should not restart for at least 3 months.
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 56% of Americans who went to church last year say they will not go to church for Easter this year, even if it’s open?
- Why do you think Republicans are almost three times as likely as Democrats to say they will attend church on Easter this year if it is open?
- How big of an impact do you think COVID-19 will have 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 400 respondents.
After we collected all responses, we normalized the data by age, gender and income so the sample would reflect U.S. demographics.
Full Details Overall
|If churches were open this Easter, would you go?|
|How did you celebrate Easter LAST year? (check all that apply)|
|Friends and family get together||59%|
|Stay at home||25%|
|Meal at a restaurant||12%|
|I don't celebrate Easter||11%|
|How will you celebrate Easter THIS year? (check all that apply)|
|Stay at home||70%|
|Friends and family get together||22%|
|I don't celebrate Easter||10%|
|Meal at a restaurant||6%|
|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 are you more worried about right now?|
|When should non-essential businesses, restaurants and travel resume as normal in the U.S.?|
|In three months||50%|
|In one month||31%|
|By Easter (April 12)||14%|
|What has the coronavirus made you more thankful for, if anything?|
|How are you planning on making this Easter more normal? (check all that apply)|
|Church on TV||24%|
|Indoor Easter egg hunt||20%|
|Do you think the coronavirus has religious significance?|
|How much will you donate to your church this Easter?|
|Less than usual||27%|
|More than usual||7%|
|If you get a $1,000 coronavirus relief check from the federal government, will you donate any of it to a religious organization?|
|Should churches, synagogues and mosques be considered "essential businesses" and allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic?|
|Are churches and other religious organizations doing enough to help with coronavirus relief?|
Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.