Poll: Miss. most religious state, Vt. & N.H. least
    March 30 2012 by Baptist Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mississippi, Utah and Alabama are the most religious states and Vermont and New Hampshire the least religious, according to a Gallup survey that asked respondents about their religion and their church attendance.
    The survey, released March 27, is based on interviews with 350,000 adults in 2011 as part of Gallup’s daily tracking poll. The poll asked respondents if religion is an important part of their daily life, and also asked them if they attend religious services every week or almost every week.

    Southern states were the most religious, while the Northeast and Northwest states the least religious. (See the full list at the bottom of this story.)

    Mississippi led the way with 59 percent of its citizens being labeled very religious, followed by Utah (57 percent), Alabama (56), Louisiana (54), Arkansas (54), South Carolina (54), Tennessee (52), North Carolina (50), Georgia (48) and Oklahoma (48).

    Vermont and New Hampshire each had only 23 percent of respondents labeled as very religious. That was followed by Maine (25 percent), Massachusetts (28), Alaska (28), Oregon (30), Nevada (30), Washington (30), Connecticut (31), District of Columbia (32), New York (32) and Rhode Island (32).

    The pattern of religiosity, the survey said, has “remained stable in recent years.”

    Nationwide, 40 percent of Americans are considered very religious.

    Following is the list of states, and the District of Columbia, based on the percentage considered very religious:

    Mississippi, 59 percent
    Utah, 57 percent
    Alabama, 56 percent
    Louisiana, 54 percent
    Arkansas, 54 percent
    South Carolina, 54 percent
    Tennessee, 52 percent
    North Carolina, 50 percent
    Georgia, 48 percent
    Oklahoma, 48 percent
    Texas, 47 percent
    Kentucky, 47 percent
    South Dakota, 45 percent
    Kansas, 45 percent
    Indiana, 45 percent
    Missouri, 44 percent
    North Dakota, 44 percent
    Nebraska, 44 percent
    West Virginia, 43 percent
    Virginia, 42 percent
    Idaho, 42 percent
    New Mexico, 41 percent
    Iowa, 41 percent
    Minnesota, 40 percent
    Pennsylvania, 40 percent
    Ohio, 39 percent
    Maryland, 39 percent
    Florida, 39 percent
    Illinois, 39 percent
    Wisconsin, 37 percent
    Michigan, 37 percent
    Arizona, 35 percent
    Montana, 35 percent
    California, 35 percent
    Wyoming, 34 percent
    New Jersey, 34 percent
    Delaware, 33 percent
    Colorado, 33 percent
    Hawaii, 33 percent
    Rhode Island, 32 percent
    New York, 32 percent
    District of Columbia, 32 percent
    Connecticut, 31 percent
    Washington, 30 percent
    Nevada, 30 percent
    Oregon, 30 percent
    Alaska, 28 percent
    Massachusetts, 28 percent
    Maine, 25 percent
    New Hampshire, 23 percent
    Vermont, 23 percent

    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press.)
    3/30/2012 2:00:19 PM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
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