Washington Remains One of America's Least Religious States

An updated Gallup survey results put Washington in a tie for eighth-place among most "unchurched" states.

Washington remains one of our country's least-religious states, according to updated results from an annual Gallup survey.

Just 31 percent of Washingtonians identified as "very religious" in 2012, putting Washington in a five-way tie for eighth least-religious state in the union. As in previous years, Mississippi topped the rankings for "most religious" and Vermont remained the most unchurched state.

Overall, 40 percent of Americans identified as very religious and 31 percent said they were nonreligious; the remaining 29 percent identified as moderately religious. Totals for all three categories were within one percentage point of results from the previous year. 

In 2011, 30 percent of Washingtonians said they were very relgious.

For complete results and survey methods, visit the Gallup website.

Are you suprised by Washington's ranking? Tell us in the comments section.

Edward A. February 19, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Just to be clear, I didn't say the Bible wasn't true, although parts of it are undeniably false -- if you insist on a literal interpretation. I do, personally, doubt it is true in most respects, but I don't have positive evidence that it is entirely false, so, as an honest agnostic, I am not willing to say it is "not true." From my perspective, it is undeniable that the Bible is full of behavior that we would find revolting today -- hardly a model for moral and ethical living. And this is not just limited to the Old Testament, where I could go on for days listing atrocities. For example, Jesus' condoning of slavery, which was used to justify hundreds of years of misery, represents behavior that almost all of us would find reprehensible today. You've expressed the famous "Pascal's Wager." I prefer to live my life based on what I know to be true, not what I hope or wish to be true. The main problem with this is that, even if I did prefer to believe there was a God, why would I choose your interpretation? Even if I were to limit myself to Christianity (why?), there are so many incompatible sects -- how would I pick one? They all claim to be true, and they all have same amount of evidence to back them up. Despite the fact that most claim to have adopted their religion after long study and thoughtful meditation, it isn't a coincidence that, by far, the best predictor of what religion a person will follow is what religion their parents followed.
Edward A. February 19, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Jaydee1958, this is a terrible argument for the existence of God. I cannot see invisible pink unicorns. Are they real? Cold, heat, wind and gravity can be measured. Their effects are all visible. Two people experiencing them experience the same exact phenomena. For example: we are all stuck to the planet, we all come back down to earth after we jump, we all get frostbite in extremely cold weather, we can all fly kites in the wind, and we can all watch water boil, etc. You started off great, saying that all religions can't be right, but then you proceeded to insist, with no evidence (save an empty tomb -- which hardly qualifies as evidence, because we don't have reliable testimony), that your religion is right. It amazes me that this passes for a sensible argument for the existence of God. I suspect I disagree with Edwin. I respect peoples' right to believe what they want to believe, but I don't respect their beliefs. If someone's beliefs are irrational, it doesn't matter to me whether they are religiously inspired.
Edward A. February 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
It amuses me that you think people who deny God's existence actually hate God. Do you hate Zeus? When it comes to Zeus, you probably feel about the same as I do: There is no evidence for Zeus' existence, and it is rightly regarded as a myth. I can't speak for everyone else on this thread, but I feel exactly that way about the Christian God.
Tony Bussert February 19, 2013 at 06:50 PM
We're the 8th least religious. Did you even read the article?
Tony Bussert February 19, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Edward A. you hit the nail on the head. I don't hate any of the made up gods out there. I find it kind of amusing that folks believe in what will be considered myth by our descendants, I find it interesting that so many people need a book to tell them what is right and wrong when we have an innate sense of it without it, I find it the height of comedy that so many religious folks think that I have no moral compass because I don't believe in a god, and I find it the incredibly arrogant that so many think they have the one way to believe in a made up being.


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