Poll: Georgia is one of America's most religious states

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 7, 2014 

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Georgia is one of the most religious states in the country, according to a new Gallup poll from earlier this week that tracks the percent of "very religious" people across the country.

The state ranks seventh, with 52 percent of people identifying as "very religious." Mississippi ranks at No. 1, with 61 percent, right ahead of Utah (60 percent). Vermont, at 22 percent, is the least-religious state in the country.

Alabama, with 57 percent of people identifying as "very religious," is at No. 3.

Some methodology: "These state-by-state results are based on more than 174,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking in 2013, including more than 500 interviews conducted in each state and 442 in the District of Columbia," Gallup explains. "Gallup classifies Americans as very religious if they say religion is an important part of their daily lives and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week."

Gallup began polling the states on religiosity in 2008. Since, the polling firm says that the levels of religiousness have remained steady, with the most-religious states clustering in the South and the least-religious states clustering in the Northeast and West.

In conclusion: "These regional variations are quite stable and look generally the same now as they did six years ago. They reflect basic state cultures that are highly persistent, even as states experience demographic changes through births, deaths, and migration."

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