WASHINGTON — If you’re searching for the most religious Americans, head to Mississippi. And if you want the opposite, visit the least religious state, Vermont.
According to a new Gallup Poll, 59 percent of residents in the Magnolia State were considered “very religious,” with almost 90 percent of the state affirming that religion was an important part of their daily life.
Vermont came in as the least religious state, reporting that only 23 percent of the residents were listed as “very religious” and more than half — 58 percent — were considered nonreligious.
The more than 350,000 adults in the U.S. and the District of Columbia interviewed in 2011 by the Gallup Daily tracking survey were asked if religion was an important part of their daily life and how often they attended religious services.
Based on those responses, residents were categorized as very religious, moderately religious or nonreligious, said Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll.