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How religious is your state?

The Pew Research Center has released the results of a nationwide poll asking people about the importance of religion in their lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and belief in God.


The most religious state by far is Mississippi, which ranked first in all 4 categories.  New Hampshire and Vermont scored dead last in belief in God and importance of religion, Maine scored lowest in frequency of prayer, and Alaska had the poorest worship attendance.  (I wonder how Sarah Palin's fans would react knowing she was governor of one of the least religious states in the Union.)

Nationwide, 71% of survey respondents had an absolute certainty in their belief in God, 58% pray at least once daily, 56% say religion is a very important part of their lives, and 39% say they attend religious services at least once a week.



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Mar. 9th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Reading the link down at the bottom on the method of their survey and the size of it suggests that these results are wildly inaccurate. ~35,000 people surveyed to reflect the 305,000,000 people in the US and they called people up with something along the lines of "Would you like to take a survey! .. Do you believe in God?" That's going to poll heavily for very lonely old people.
Mar. 9th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
It doesn't look like they asked about God, exactly, but rather "God or a universal spirit", which is a rather open-ended concept.
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