Catholics and Other Christians Consider Easter Very Important; Most Plan Church Attendance

4/9/2009

Poll shows strong affection for important Christian holy day among Americans.

View the Survey (pdf, 335kb)

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) and three-quarters of Catholic Americans (74 percent) plan to observe Easter by attending Church services according to a newly released Knights of Columbus-Marist poll.

Of Americans who celebrate Easter, 70 percent identified it as the most important, or one of the most important religious holidays. 71 percent of Catholics and 80 percent of practicing Catholics said the same.

The poll also found that 86 percent of Americans and 88 percent of Catholic Americans correctly identify Easter as the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

“This data shows very clearly that Americans and American Catholics have a very deep-rooted faith,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “In their the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter, Americans reconnect to the faith that has been handed down to them over thousands of years, and continues today to be a source of great hope.”

In addition, many Americans are preparing for Easter by observing the solemn season of Lent – the traditional 40 days of penance and reflection leading up to Easter Sunday. 34 percent of Americans, and 63 percent of Catholic Americans (including 77 percent of practicing Catholics) said they are observing the season of Lent this year.

The survey of 2,078 Americans and 521 Catholics was conducted March 24-March 31 by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. The results for Americans have a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent; the margin of error for Catholics is +/-4.5 percent.