A Gallup survey released this week reveals that Mississippi remained the most religious US state in 2012, with 58% of its residents classified as very religious. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont remained the least religious state, with 19% of its residents classified as very religious. The results are based on more than 348,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking in 2012, including more than 1,000 interviews.
Overall, 40% of Americans nationwide were classified as very religious
in 2012 — based on saying religion is an important part of their daily
life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every
week. Thirty-one percent of Americans were nonreligious, saying religion
is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or
never attend religious services.
A separate poll released by Gallup in January indicated that the
percentage of “nones” in the U.S. — those not identifying with any
particular religion — remained relatively flat in 2012 after growing 1.1 percent in each of the previous two years.
The rise of the “nones” is a much-chronicled phenomenon, their ranks swelling by 22 percent over the past four years. Even so, a recent book titled “God is Alive and Well” by Gallup's editor-in-chief, Frank Newport, speculates that “religion will be even more important in years ahead," based on analysis of various factors and trends.
Go to the full article for a list of the most religious and least religious states, along with a map showing Gallup's findings for each state.