Gallup Poll says Florida least religious state in the South
With 37.6 percent of Floridians saying they are â€śvery religious,â€ť Florida ranks at the bottom of Southern states, according to the latest Gallup Poll. Mississippi, with 58 percent of its residents classified as very religious, tops the region and the nation.
â€śEight of the top 10 religious states are in the South â€” basically comprising the entire Southern belt from Georgia and the two Carolinas on the Atlantic coast through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, to Louisiana and Arkansas in the west,â€ť the report said. â€śThe states outside the Southern belt are Utah â€” with its strongly religious majority Mormon population â€” and Oklahoma, which straddles the border between the South and the Midwest.â€ť
As far as religion goes, Florida looks very Midwestern. Rounded up to whole numbers, Florida is Illinois, which is 38 percent very religious. The Sunshine State is not too far from the national average of 40.1 percent.
At the opposite end, Vermont is the least religious state with 19 percent of its residents identifying themselves as very religious.
â€śThe 12 least religious states comprise the entirety of New England â€” Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut â€” along with the three most Northwestern states in the union, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, plus the District of Columbia, Nevada, and Hawaii,â€ť the report says.
To read all about the poll, and find out how your home state ranks, click here:http://www.gallup.com/poll/160415/mississippi-maintains-hold-religious-state.aspx