According to an annual Gallup poll that tracks the state of religiousness in America, 40 percent of the nation was classified as “very religious” in 2012.
And while California has long been seen as a liberal bastion, in matters of faith we’re moderate. Poll results show:
- 35 percent of us say we’re “very religious.”
- 29 percent say we’re “moderately religious.”
- 37 percent say we’re “nonreligious.”
Do these results ring true for Napa Valley? Tell us in comments why or why not religion is an important part of your daily life.
The most religious state in the union continued to be Mississippi, with 58 percent of its residents identified as “very religious.” The least religious state was Vermont, with 19 percent of residents falling into that category.
Survey results are based on 1,000 interviews done in all but two states and the District of Columbia, according to Gallup. Participants were asked to say if religion is:
- An important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week (very religious)
- An important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services (moderately religious)
- Not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services (nonreligious)
Napa Valley has a number of churches of different faiths, and many of them are actively engaged in local social events and issues. You can see a list of churches and synagogues here in our Napa Valley Patch directory.
Want to know how all states ranked? Read the State of the States online at Gallup Politics.
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