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How Religious is Elk Grove? Gallup Poll Rates the State of Faith

Does where you live make you more or less religious? Survey says ...

In God we trust? For the most part, yes.

According to an annual Gallup poll that tracks the state of religiousness in America, 40 percent of the nation was classified as “very religious” in 2012.

And while California has long been seen as a liberal bastion, in matters of faith we’re moderate. Poll results show:

  • 35 percent of us say we’re “very religious.”
  • 29 percent say we’re “moderately religious.”
  • 37 percent say we’re “nonreligious.”

Do these results ring true for Elk Grove? Tell us in comments why religion is or isn't an important part of your daily life.

Survey results are based on 1,000 interviews done in all but two states and the District of Columbia, according to Gallup. Participants were asked to say if religion is:

  • An important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week (very religious)
  • An important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services (moderately religious)
  • Not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services (nonreligious)

The most religious state in the union continued to be Mississippi, with 58 percent of its residents identified as “very religious.” The least religious state was Vermont, with 19 percent of residents falling into that category.

Want to know how all states ranked? Read the State of the States online at Gallup Politics.

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Bob B February 21, 2013 at 05:41 AM
Not to be nitpicky, but those percentages add up to 101% (just saying). I find it hard to 'believe' (pun intended) that almost 2/3 of Californians consider themselves 'moderate' to 'very' religious. That can't be right - not bad, from my perspectvie, but it just doesn't seem to me that so many folks in 'liberal' California fit into those two categories. God bless.

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