Poll: 79% Oppose Exempting Churches From Lockdown

The Christian Post reports:

Most Americans oppose giving houses of worship religious exemptions from COVID-19 lockdown regulations, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.

In findings released Friday, Pew found that 79% of respondents said religious institutions should be subject to the same social distancing guidelines as secular businesses and entities. Respondents who identified as evangelical Protestant were more likely to support giving houses of worship more flexibility, nevertheless 62% of them also opposed exemptions.

Pew found a partisan divide, with 93% of Democrat and Democrat-leaning respondents opposing exemptions versus 65% of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents agreeing. Pew based its findings off a survey taken July 13-19 among 10,211 adults in the United States.

I illustrated this post with a photo of Franklin Graham as he is arguably the most prominent voice for exempting churches from lockdowns. Last week he urged Californians to defy Gov. Gavin Newsom and attend services at a defiant megachurch in Los Angeles.