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Poll: Miss. most religious state, Vt. & N.H. least

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- 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.

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

Compiled by Michael Foust, associate editor of Baptist Press. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook ( and in your email (

Copyright (c) 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press

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