February 4, 2014
Preface by Washington’s Blog: As the following Gallup chart shows, the number of “Nonreligious” Americans increased between 2009-2012 from 30.1% to 31.1%, but then dropped in one year to 29.4%. The percent of both “Very Religious” and “Somewhat Religious” Americans rose during the 5-year period:
Gallup publishes in February of each year a survey of the extent of self-described religiosity in each state; and they report that religiosity is rising throughout the country.
Gallup headlined this year’s survey on February 3rd, “Mississippi Maintains Hold as Most Religious U.S. State; Vermont is the least religious.” Last year, it was “Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious.” No change there: in fact, the rank-orders of the 50 states (plus D.C.) are almost unchanged during the past 12 months.