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The Importance of Religion: State by State

Gallup just released data comparing importance of religion in Americans' lives.

Overall, 65 percent of Americans say religion is an important part of their daily lives. The number is lower than what the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found in their Religious Landscape survey released in February 2008. In that survey, 82 percent of Americans said religious belief and practices was very important or somewhat important, while only 65 percent of Gallup respondents said religion is an important part of their daily life. The Pew Forum gave an option for "very important" or "somewhat important" "not too important/not important at all" while Gallup gave respondents yes, no, don't know options.

So how does your state rank?

Top 10 most religious states

1. Mississippi

2. Alabama

3. South Carolina

4. Tennessee

5. Louisiana

6. Arkansas

7. Georgia

8. North Carolina

9. Oklahoma

10. Kentucky

(Texas comes in at 11)

Top 11 least religious states

1. Vermont

2. New Hampshire

3. Maine

4. Massachusetts

5. Alaska

6. Washington

7. Oregon

8. Rhode Island

9. Nevada

10. Connecticut

The results were based on telephone interviews with 355,334 adults.

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Posted:January 28, 2009 at 1:23PM
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