The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Divided on religion

A Gallup Poll says 59 percent of Mississippi residents consider themselves "very religious."

Vermont residents consider themselves quite the opposite, with 23 percent identifying as very religious and more than half (58 percent) considered nonreligious.

The most religious states are in the Bible Belt, including Alabama (56 percent), Louisiana (54 percent), Arkansas (54 percent) and South Carolina (54 percent), but heavily Mormon Utah logged 57 percent as very religious.

New England and the West scored at the bottom of those on the religious scale: New Hampshire (23 percent); Maine (25 percent); Massachusetts (28 percent); Alaska (28 percent); Oregon, Nevada and Washington (all 30 percent); Connecticut (31 percent); and Washington, D.C., New York and Rhode Island (all 32 percent).


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