Survey shows that belief in God rises among Gen Z amid COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 has led to a rise in the number of young people in the UK who are seeking and believing in God, according to a recent survey, challenging trends indicating that so-called Gen Zers are the most irreligious generation. A recent YouGov survey found that people in their late teens and early 20s are more likely to believe in God than millennials who are in their late 20s and 30s.
Conducted in late November, researchers asked over two thousand people about their faith, inquiring if they believed in God; believed in some kind of spiritual higher power but not God; believed in neither or did not know.
Though the poll unsurprisingly revealed that those older than sixty were the most religious age bracket, 23% of the youngest group, those ages sixteen to twenty-four, indicated that they believed in God.
Overall, across all age groups, belief in God decreased by one percentage point, from 28% to 27% from January to November. Based on responses to the questions, the percentage of what researchers designated as atheists and agnostics — those who said they did not believe in God or a higher power or were not sure — rose from 51% to 56% over the same period.
The study indicated that young people can easily access information about faith on the internet, the main reason for the shift toward belief in God among that age group in addition to less stigma about religious beliefs in their peer groups, yielding more open discussions.