Gallup Poll: Less Religion = More Gay Rights

PRINCETON, NJ — Mississippi is the most religious U.S. state, and is one of eight states where Gallup classifies at least half of the residents as “very religious.” At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont and New Hampshire are the least religious states, and are two of the five states — along with Maine, Massachusetts, and Alaska — where less than 30% of all residents are very religious.

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4 thoughts on “Gallup Poll: Less Religion = More Gay Rights

  1. Wow, they are frightening figures. Seems even your “non-religious” figures believe in some God sometimes.

    I was reading some months ago about details from the Australian Census (held last year I think). It advised that Australians who considered themselves to be non-religious totaled approx. 20%. The Roman Catholics were 27% (however only 5% went to church regularly) Anglicans were about 13% (This Church was by far the biggest church 50 years ago).

    I have also read that the church of Islam comprise about 5% of all Australians. The Jewish levels are very low in Australia. The Uniting Church (Methodists/Presbyterians) are quite low. However there is a growing band of “born again Christians” (Happy clappers), but I don’t know the figures.

  2. This is ridiculous. How can you even do a poll the entire U.S.? Did you travel to every one of these states and ask every person in the U.S. if they were very religious? There is no way you did that. I know for a fact that no one I know was a part of this research. This is simply an opinion based on how you feel about gay marriage. Why can’t people allow homosexuals to be happy and be with who they love? They are not standing in the way of any of your rights. Why would stand in the way of their rights and happiness?

    1. Katie,

      Two things:

      1) You should figure out how Gallup works so you can understand what you’re bitching about above. It might help you look less ignorant.


      2) You should doublecheck the blog you’re responding on before claiming we’re oppositional to gay marriage. We are, in fact, the complete opposite.

      I expect more from a fellow Illinoisan.

      I hope you come back to see this response. Really really hope.

  3. Just to clear the air about what polling entails, since I had to take a class on the subject in school:

    Polling firms contact a representative sample of the general population, and extrapolate a concensus based on the answers to several questions gathered from that sample. It would be near impossible and also time consuming to poll every single person.

    The generally agreed upon theory is that if you poll, say, a random sample of the population- let’s say for arguments sake it is 2%- and that sample is generally representative of the population as a whole, then the portion that answer a certain way will be representative of the population as a whole.

    It is WAAAAY more complicated than that, and I won’t get too far into “poll rigging” and proper methodology- unless someone wants to know about it.

    What I will say is that with this poll especially, it would have been very important to make sure that the responses came from a representative sample by age and region. For example, if the polling firm did not ask the age of the respondant, and called only landlines, the poll might be tilted toward people 40 and over, and we know that those people trend toward “highly religious”. Likewise, if you polled- to use a good example- Texas, but had a sample that had a disproportionate number of responses from San Antonio urbanites- your poll would reflect a liberal bias not representative of the whole.

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