Poll: Mississippi most religious state, Vermont least religious

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Mississippi remained the most religious state in the union in 2012, with 58 percent of its … Continued

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Mississippi remained the most religious state in the union in 2012, with 58 percent of its residents classified as very religious. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont remained the least religious state, with 19 percent of its residents classified as very religious.”

Gallup poll report on the comparative religiosity of American states.

Read more on religion in U.S. politics at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University.

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  • badua

    Mississippi? one the most racist state in USA. is the most religious state? How do these people classify religion. They are bunch lieirs. One of these days God is going to rise up and kick all these hyprocrites buts. Devils.

  • brianmark

    Correction: “Mississippi is the state that calls itself the most religious state.”

    Mississippi is not the most religious. All data are self-reported and subjective.

    If there were a way to look specifically at the percentage of people following morals based on religious texts, I guarantee you Vermont would beat out Mississippi.

  • Crickey7

    I can understand why the people of Mississippi might want to pray extra hard.

  • edallan

    “Mississippi remained the most religious state in the union in 2012, with 58 percent of its residents classified as very religious. ”

    And this claim is undoubtedly the reason that God has blessed Mississippi with a remarkable number of tornadoes (plus other natural disasters) since they elected Teatotalitarians. Over 99.9% of Republicans in Congress claim to be Christian, and like many of the people in Mississippi, claim that the Bible, contradictions and all, is the inerrant word of God, and they show their REAL belief through rejection of the legitimacy of the Gospel of St. Matthew, e.g.

    “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6)

    Matthew 25
    “41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

    For that matter, by trying to insist that senior citizens suffer an ever-decreasing standard of living, these people show their real commitment to the Fifth of the Ten Commandments that they want to force on public places.

    “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

    Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrites, especially religious ones. None of it was particularly flattering.

  • pecos45

    Being born and then raised in Mississippi during the 50s and 60s I can tell you that for a young boy there we were constantly reminded that the road to hell was wide, greased and downhill.
    We were never good enough.

  • Watcher1

    There are morals in religious texts? You wouldn’t know it, I mean look at Catholicism.

  • Sandydayl

    What does “most religious” mean? They go to church a lot? They say they are? Saying that you are religious doesn’t mean anything. It certainly doesn’t mean that you are morally better than anyone else. I just finished reading a book about Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney — the three civil rights workers who were slain in Mississippi and buried in an earthen dam for trying to register black people to vote in that state. Now the governor and the legislature are working overtime taking women’s health rights away from them. Being religious doesn’t mean a whole lot.

  • practica1

    Evidently these religious Mississippians don’t bother with the Gospels of Mark or Luke…. Mississippi has the worst schools, lowest level of support for vulnerable children, high rates of teen pregnancy, high levels of domestic violence and divorce, provide little help between neighbors when disaster, man-made or natural, strike (Minnesotans and Iowans and Wisconsonites all head down to Mississippi to help because Mississippians won’t help one another across social lines) – and they have low life-expectancy and standards of living DESPITE being a right-to-work state.

    Plenty of chicken-eating preachers, though…..

    Religious, eh…

  • TippyCanoe

    Looking at that Gallup map in as much as I admire Mr. Lincoln, if only he had decided the lives of 600K Americans wasn’t worth the effort to save the union and the South would today be its own hell. The better angel in him decided the fight was worth it. Unfortunalty the inhabitants decided future generations no matter what would suffer and they would always trade civility for a hellish life cloaked in the guise of religion

  • jwl

    Mississippians are especially religious in the Gulfport and Biloxi areas where they pray daily for success of their gambling casinos and that said attractions won’t be wiped out by the next hurricane.

  • HGH Rampage

    Mississippi ranking in education is among the worst….interesting

  • kevrobb

    The dumbest states are the most religious, the smartest are the most atheist. Totally not news.

    Atheists are so much better educated than Christians that they even know more about the Bible and about Christianity.*

    PS Vermnonters are honorary Canadians and welcome to join any time if they get too sick of their fellow Americans. I alwas think, if the US founders could see Vermont today, they would say: “Yeah, this is pretty much what we had in mind.”


    Mississippi just showed how religious it is by finally, in 2013, ratifying the 13th Amendment – the one that eliminated slavery in the United States.

    Just 147 years after the bill passed congress.

    That shows you what a strong christian majority can do.

  • let’s discuss

    Mississippi is a very poor state and has a very large Black population. Both Blacks and Whites are poor in Mississippi. I believe Mississippi is Democrat. I doubt that the author anticipated the toxic crazy comments noted below.

  • let’s discuss

    Isn’t Vermont the state that does not have Jessica’s law?

  • Anne_Cur

    Mississippi has not been Democrat in years.

  • 2FlyOrNot2Fly

    “I believe Mississippi is Democrat”

    And with that statment, you show the problem with the extreme right. For them, pesky things like facts are less important than their beliefs.

    Do you also believe that the earth is only 9000 years old?