Gallup: New Hampshire the least-religious state

Feb 5, 2016

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By Nick Gass

New Hampshire is now the least-religious state in the country, according to Gallup’s 2015 state-by-state-analysis released Thursday, five days before voters in both parties make their pick in the presidential primary.

Based on the percentage of those describing themselves as very religious, 20 percent in New Hampshire said they were, slightly lower than the 22 percent who described themselves as such in Vermont, the home state of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton addressed religion and faith during Wednesday night’s town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire.

Sanders, who is Jewish, called religion “a guiding principle” in his life, remarking that “everybody practices religion in a different way.”

“To me, I would not be here tonight, I would not be running for president of the United States if I did not have very strong religious and spiritual feelings,” he explained.

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6 comments on “Gallup: New Hampshire the least-religious state

  • @OP link- Other states with the lowest percentage of individuals describing themselves as least religious include Maine (26 percent), Massachusetts (27 percent), Oregon and Washington (29 percent), Hawaii (30 percent), and Rhode Island, New York, Alaska, and Wyoming (32 percent).

    The most religious state, meanwhile, is Mississippi, at 63 percent. Alabama comes in second with 57 percent, followed by Utah at 55 percent and a host of southern states in the mid-to-low 50-percent range.

    Gallup collected results for its analysis throughout 2015, surveying 174,745 adults nationwide. The overall margin of error is plus or minus 1 percentage point.

    It looks like there is still a long way to go on the path to rationality!

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  • People from New Hampshire take pride in being independent thinkers. They are self reliant.

    This does not go well with the Christian notion god will coddle you (but never seems to do it)
    so long as you follow the herd.

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  • Meanwhile – Hiding from the investigation in Rome, back in the world’s “most religious state”!

    An inquiry into child sex abuse in Australia has cleared the way for victims to be present when Australia’s most senior Catholic gives testimony.

    Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief, will speak to the inquiry from Rome next week.

    He has been excused from returning to Australia because of ill health, which has angered child abuse survivors.

    It seems Pell is fit enough to be in overall charge of the Vatican’s finances in the wake of scandals at the Vatican Bank, but somehow not fit enough to return to Australia to give testimony on child abuse!

    The commissioner, Justice Peter McClellan, said it was “reasonable” for victims to watch Cardinal Pell speak.

    The logistics of having Cardinal Pell testify in front of victims were previously in question, but Justice McClellan said a suitable hotel room had been found in central Rome.

    A group of around 15 abuse survivors are reportedly expected to fly to Rome this weekend. The group launched a successful crowdfunding campaign that has raised more than A$200,000 ($143,000; £100,000) for the trip.

    Survivor Andrew Collins told Fairfax it would be an “arduous journey”, but said Cardinal Pell “should have to see people and look into their eyes”.

    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has focused much of its efforts on widespread child abuse by Catholic church clergy in Australia.

    It is currently hearing testimony regarding child abuse that occurred in the city of Ballarat, including by notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.

    .Cardinal Pell was a priest in Ballarat and lived together with Ridsdale in the early 1970s.

    He is not facing criminal charges, but detractors say child abuse that happened under his watch has made his Vatican position untenable.

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