How Important is Religion in Your State?
The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life has ranked each state according to how religious it is. While they recognize the difficulty in defining the term “religious,” they have provided four separate measures for the ranking system—the importance of religion in people’s lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer, and absolute certainty of belief in God.
Who’s number one? Mississippi (in every category). Second place goes to Alabama (for importance of religion). And, of course, the other Bible belt states are ranked highly as well. These rankings are similar to another poll recently completed by Gallup. They polled over 350,000 adults in the U.S, asking the straightforward question, “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” Both Mississippi and Alabama again ranked number one and two, respectively, in the Gallup poll.
The folks at Pew have created a great interactive graph that details each measure and ranking by state. Click here to view it, and then drop back by here to give us any thoughts about religion in your state.