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Gallup Poll says Florida least religious state in the South

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With 37.6 percent of Floridians saying they are “very religious,” 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.

“Eight of the top 10 religious states are in the South — 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,” the report said. “The states outside the Southern belt are Utah — with its strongly religious majority Mormon population — and Oklahoma, which straddles the border between the South and the Midwest.”

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.

“The 12 least religious states comprise the entirety of New England — Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut — along with the three most Northwestern states in the union, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, plus the District of Columbia, Nevada, and Hawaii,” 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

by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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LadyBast
by Brenda on Feb. 17, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Wow

fla33023
by Silver Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM
Jamaicans and Haitians are 2 groups that are quite religious.


Quoting MamaJessx3:

They definitely aren't as religious around here. I'm a pastors daughter and so I know how hard the churches around here work to do outreach to minorities....usually to no avail.



Quoting maxswolfsuit:

The Hispanic and black communities here are very religious. I tried to find statics on minor ties and religion and couldn't find what I was looking for. It's interesting though. 

Quoting MamaJessx3:

Depends on the minority. Definitely true of some! But south Florida specifically the Miami area is full of minorities that are not religious. And we have tons in central fl here also. Not many minority churches around us though.





Quoting maxswolfsuit:


Quoting MamaJessx3:

That makes sense though with FL having such big cities like miami and stuff and such a high population of minorities.

Minorities are often more religious than caucasians so I'm confused by your point. 



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MamaJessx3
by Jess on Feb. 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Yes, along with Vietnamese which is big in the Tampa area. My uncle is Jamaican btw :)

Quoting fla33023:

Jamaicans and Haitians are 2 groups that are quite religious.




Quoting MamaJessx3:

They definitely aren't as religious around here. I'm a pastors daughter and so I know how hard the churches around here work to do outreach to minorities....usually to no avail.





Quoting maxswolfsuit:

The Hispanic and black communities here are very religious. I tried to find statics on minor ties and religion and couldn't find what I was looking for. It's interesting though. 

Quoting MamaJessx3:

Depends on the minority. Definitely true of some! But south Florida specifically the Miami area is full of minorities that are not religious. And we have tons in central fl here also. Not many minority churches around us though.







Quoting maxswolfsuit:


Quoting MamaJessx3:

That makes sense though with FL having such big cities like miami and stuff and such a high population of minorities.

Minorities are often more religious than caucasians so I'm confused by your point. 



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gmadiane
by gmadiane on Feb. 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

thats interesting

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