Monday, December 28, 2009
States that value religion vote Republican
Pew ranked the states based on the importance of religion in people's lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God.
Mississippi ranked highest in all four categories.
Southern states ranked very high across all 4 as well.
14 of the 15 most religious states voted for John McCain
(the only exception, NC, was narrowly awarded to Obama.)
In the same year, Obama was awarded 23 of the 27 least religious states.
These religiosity rankings are an even better predictor of a state's Presidential vote than its party registration -- mostly because a large number of Democrats, especially in the south, vote Republican in the presidential race.