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Utah is the second most biased state against nonreligious residents, survey says

May 6, 2020

By Peggy Fletcher Stack

It may come as no surprise that Utah respondents to a newly released survey by the American Atheists deemed their state the most religious in the country.

It was, after all, settled in the 19th century as a religious haven for Mormons fleeing persecution in the Midwest and remains the headquarters of the 16.5 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The faith, its beliefs, its practices and its policies touch nearly every aspect of life in the Beehive State.

What might be unexpected to some, however, is that the survey found Utah to have the nation’s second highest rate — after Mississippi — of stigma against nonreligious people.

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