Poll: Less Than Half in Mass. Consider Themselves Religious – Do You?

A recent poll shows Massachusetts is up there with the least-religious states.

Gallup recently published a poll that listed the most, and least, religious states in the country. 

The poll showed that the most religious states included Mississippi, Utah and Alabama, while Massachusetts ranked as being 28-percent "very religious," which was only slightly higher than the least: Vermont and New Hampshire. 

"Gallup classifies 40 percent of Americans nationwide as very religious—based on their statement that religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week. Another 32 percent of Americans are nonreligious, based on their statement that religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services. The remaining 28 percent of Americans are moderately religious, because they say religion is important but that they do not attend services regularly or because they say religion is not important but still attend services.

With this past weekend being Easter and Passover, we want to know: are you religious?

Susan Clare April 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I think it would be better to say the poll calculates the percentage of people involved in church life. Many people are religious, but do not participate in an organized religion. And never should church attendance or daily ritual be considered the true measure of spirituality.
Roger Demler April 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Unitarians like me may attend "church" regularly but for us god is optional. Is that religious?
Susan Clare April 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
You make a good point that a concept of God might not be involved in church attendance. Neither is church attendance necessarily involved in a concept of God. That is why I said the poll only accurately measures church attendance. The '"spin" put on this by using the word religion in the original question is misleading.


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