new Gallup Poll finds that Kentucky is the 11th most religious state. Mississippi is the most and Vermont the least religious. And just a glance at the statistics shows pretty clearly that most religious states are in the South and the least religious states are in the Northeast.
"Gallup classifies Americans as very religious," says the group's website, "if they say religion is an important part of their daily lives and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week."
In addition, the percentage of "highly religious" and "somewhat religious" is slightly higher than in previous years, which seems to militate against the idea of an increase in secularism.