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A new poll found that nearly 30% of high school and college students "never" attended church services before the coronavirus pandemic caused many churches to shut down personal services.

The Young America & # 39; s Foundation, a Conservative youth advocacy organization, released a poll Wednesday asking young Americans for their views on various topics, including taxes, the economy, student debt, coronavirus, education, and the country's most prominent political figures.

The survey, published in collaboration with Townhall, was carried out by Echelon Insights. A total of 801 students and 819 post-secondary students between the ages of 13 and 24 were surveyed online from March 30 to April 7.

In the survey, respondents were asked: "How often did you normally attend a church service before the COVID-19 pandemic?"

Overall, 27% of those surveyed said they "never" attend a church service. 26% of students said they had never attended church services, while that number rose to 28% among high school students.

Almost a quarter (24%) of young Americans said they attended church services at least once a week, including 28% of students. However, weekly religious attendance was significantly lower among students after high school (19%).

About 14% of respondents said they went to church "once or twice" a month: 12% of students and 16% of students after high school.

Meanwhile, 15% said they attended church services "a few times a year", while 12% said they only attended church services on religious holidays.

Eight percent of respondents preferred not to disclose their frequency of religious visits.

Among the students, 15% said they attend church services a few times a year, 10% said they only attend church services on religious holidays, and 9% preferred not to do so. Fifteen percent of students after high school said they attended church services a few times a year, while 14 percent said they only attended religious holidays and 9 percent preferred not to say so.

In addition, almost half of respondents (48%) declined to identify with a particular religion. About 16% responded that they would "prefer not to say" when asked to describe their religion, 15% said their religion was "something else", 10% as atheists and 7% as agnostics.

A large number of young Americans surveyed were identified as Catholic (23%), followed by 14% who identified themselves as Evangelical Protestant / Born Again Christians and 6% who said they belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Only 4% were identified as Jewish. Small minorities of the respondents described themselves as Protestants (3%) or Muslims (2%).

In an interview with The Christian Post, YAF spokeswoman Kara Zupkus attributed the low religious attendance rate among young Americans to "a trend in our culture" where "many younger people today … idolize popular culture … (and) Politician. "

"So in their opinion you don't have to find a place where you can worship a god," explained Zupkus.

Describing the trend as "worrying", Zupkus warned that it could lead to "younger people who are more dependent on their government taking care of them" rather than their churches and local communities.

When asked how to reverse the trend that young Americans never go to church, Zupkus suggested that "a lot has to start with the family".

"I think it is important that parents teach their children the importance of religion in order to … build this community. I think it is important that children are exposed to it at a young age. And I think this is a good one Gone is that we can … turn this around, "she said.

"It's much more difficult when kids grow up in a household where religion may not be valued and they don't go (to church) regularly. Obviously, they probably won't … if they're too high school, go to college "They won't go ahead or start. Or maybe it will be a lot harder for them to start something new, a new tradition of going to church," she added. "I think it will be really important to expand different youth groups specifically in these different churches."

Zupkus recalled her own experiences in a youth group and noted that this "really inspired and motivated me to know that I had peers my age willing to learn more about religion and more about faith."

Given that pop culture "criticizes and demonizes religious people," she stressed the importance of "having peers to look up to," which "stimulates and … instills the trust of these young people can ". "

In addition, Zupkus advised churches to use social media to reach out to young Americans.

"I think if churches might become more engaging with young people on social media and thus get in more contact, this could be a good way for them to identify a local church in their area that they would like to get involved with," she said. "I know that for a brand new person, moving to a brand new state or city, wherever they go to college, trying to find a church and … feel welcome, can probably be pretty overwhelming."

Zupkus claimed that the low church attendance rates among young Americans had a negative impact on US political discourse.

"The current climate in America, with all the division and hatred, seems to other Americans really to be due to this lack of religion," she argued. "So, I think hopefully this poll will serve as a … warning light to Americans that we … need to go back to our roots and … restore confidence in our young people. Hopefully this will lead to more healing and respect for other people's opinions in politics. "

With the kind permission of Christian Post

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