Americans Say Pandemic Has Led to Stronger Faith, Family Bonds

More Americans are leaning on their faith and their family amid the pandemic.

According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, three-in-ten American adults say the challenges brought by the outbreak have resulted in a stronger personal faith. About four-in-ten say the pandemic has brought them closer to their family.

Many say turning to religion and family are healthy ways to cope with a crisis.

“The closer you are to God, the more you are going to exemplify the fruits of the Spirit, which are peace, patience, kindness, love, gentleness. Those are the types of things that come along with genuine faith in God,” Government and Philosophy Professor Shannon Holzer, at Houston Baptist University, said.

Holzer says he’s not surprised about another of Pew’s findings: More Americans report the rise in religious faith than people in other economically developed countries. Many of those same Americans were raised with and/or hold to more traditional values.

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