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November 19, 2018
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Let’s briefly travel back in time to the founding of our great nation, and consider our Founding Fathers’ view of religion.

Looking back on that period, we see that the Founders – although they had heated and intense debates about the scope and structure of government – did agree on a core set of principles and values that eventually shaped some of the most iconic documents in human history, including the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment.

And among those principles and values was the belief that religion played a vital role in the upbringing of virtuous citizens in order to sustain a republican form of government.

In fact, today we can reference George Washington’s quote in which he stated that “of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.”

But these words and Washington’s view of religion aren’t just mere one-off statements or coincidental happenstance…

Thomas Jefferson clearly echoed the sentiment, stating, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?”

Famously known for his thundering clamor – “Give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry also expressed: “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion.”

And Benjamin Franklin, arguably one of the least religious of the Founders, said the following specifically about the Christian faith: “I think the system of morals and His [Jesus Christ’s] religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.”

Or, if we are inclined to put this into less politically correct terms, we just have to cite John Adams, who said, “Without religion, this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company: I mean hell.”

Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive, and you will find that many of the other Founders had something similar to say about the role of religion in political life.

So today, this begs an important question for us all: What would the Founders say about my home state when it comes to religious participation?

We’ll let you decide. Use our map to find out for your state and how it compares to all the others in terms of overall percentage of adults who are “highly religious.”

*Data courtesy of Pew Research Center. For the study, click here.

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1st Overall

77% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 77% 1st
Attend worship services at least weekly 51% 2nd
Pray daily 73% 2nd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 82% 1st

 

44th Overall

45% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 41% 47th
Attend worship services at least weekly 30% 39th
Pray daily 49% 38th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 55% 42nd

 

27th Overall

53% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 51% 24th
Attend worship services at least weekly 34% 28th
Pray daily 55% 19th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 62% 28th

 

5th Overall

70% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 70% 5th
Attend worship services at least weekly 41% 12th
Pray daily 65% 8th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 77% 4th

 

35th Overall

49% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 47% 35th
Attend worship services at least weekly 31% 35th
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 54% 46th

 

41st Overall

47% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 47% 35th
Attend worship services at least weekly 30% 39th
Pray daily 50% 35th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 55% 42nd

 

47th Overall

43% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 42% 46th
Attend worship services at least weekly 28% 44th
Pray daily 47% 43rd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 54% 46th

 

32nd Overall

52% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 46% 37th
Attend worship services at least weekly 34% 28th
Pray daily 49% 38th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 61% 31st

 

27th Overall

53% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 28% 44th
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 55% 42th

 

22nd Overall

54% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 53% 20th
Attend worship services at least weekly 35% 25th
Pray daily 56% 17th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 64% 21st

 

8th Overall

66% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 64% 7th
Attend worship services at least weekly 42% 10th
Pray daily 64% 10th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 74% 8th

 

41st Overall

47% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 44% 41st
Attend worship services at least weekly 28% 44th
Pray daily 52% 26th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 62% 28th

 

33rd Overall

51% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 51% 24th
Attend worship services at least weekly 35% 25th
Pray daily 50% 35th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 62% 28th

 

33rd Overall

51% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 34% 28th
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 61% 31st

 

22nd Overall

54% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 53% 20th
Attend worship services at least weekly 37% 18th
Pray daily 52% 26th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 63% 25th

 

19th Overall

55% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 53% 20th
Attend worship services at least weekly 36% 21st
Pray daily 50% 35th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 66% 17th

 

19th Overall

55% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 37% 18th
Pray daily 53% 22nd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 66% 17th

 

13th Overall

63% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 63% 10th
Attend worship services at least weekly 39% 13th
Pray daily 63% 11th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 75% 6th

 

4th Overall

71% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 71% 3rd
Attend worship services at least weekly 46% 6th
Pray daily 68% 4th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 75% 6th

 

48th Overall

34% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 34% 48th
Attend worship services at least weekly 22% 49th
Pray daily 35% 50th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 48% 48th

 

22nd Overall

54% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 31% 35th
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 64% 21st

 

50th Overall

33% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 33% 49th
Attend worship services at least weekly 23% 48th
Pray daily 37% 48th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 40% 51st

 

27th Overall

53% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 33% 33rd
Pray daily 53% 22nd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 63% 25th

 

35th Overall

49% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 46% 37th
Attend worship services at least weekly 34% 28th
Pray daily 47% 43rd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 56% 39th

 

1st Overall

77% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 74% 2nd
Attend worship services at least weekly 49% 4th
Pray daily 75% 1st
Believe in God with absolute certainty 82% 1st

 

15th Overall

60% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 56% 17th
Attend worship services at least weekly 37% 18th
Pray daily 59% 15th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 70% 12th

 

39th Overall

48% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 44% 41st
Attend worship services at least weekly 31% 35th
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 64% 21st

 

22nd Overall

54% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 54% 19th
Attend worship services at least weekly 39% 13th
Pray daily 52% 26th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 66% 17th

 

35th Overall

49% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 44% 41st
Attend worship services at least weekly 31% 35th
Pray daily 48% 40th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 59% 37th

 

50th Overall

33% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 33% 49th
Attend worship services at least weekly 22% 49th
Pray daily 36% 49th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 43% 49th

 

19th Overall

55% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 50% 27th
Attend worship services at least weekly 35% 25th
Pray daily 53% 22nd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 60% 35th

 

18th Overall

57% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 59% 14th
Attend worship services at least weekly 36% 21st
Pray daily 55% 19th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 63% 25th

 

43rd Overall

46% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 45% 39th
Attend worship services at least weekly 29% 42nd
Pray daily 48% 40th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 56% 39th

 

10th Overall

65% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 62% 12th
Attend worship services at least weekly 39% 13th
Pray daily 66% 6th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 73% 10th

 

27th Overall

53% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 53% 20th
Attend worship services at least weekly 33% 33rd
Pray daily 51% 29th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 64% 21st

 

17th Overall

58% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 56% 17th
Attend worship services at least weekly 38% 16th
Pray daily 57% 16th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 67% 15th

 

8th Overall

66% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 64% 7th
Attend worship services at least weekly 43% 9th
Pray daily 65% 8th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 71% 11th

 

39th Overall

48% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 45% 39th
Attend worship services at least weekly 29% 42nd
Pray daily 45% 47th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 57% 38th

 

27th Overall

53% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 51% 24th
Attend worship services at least weekly 34% 28th
Pray daily 54% 21st
Believe in God with absolute certainty 61% 31st

 

35th Overall

49% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 48% 34th
Attend worship services at least weekly 36% 21st
Pray daily 48% 40th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 60% 35th

 

5th Overall

70% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 69% 6th
Attend worship services at least weekly 47% 5th
Pray daily 66% 6th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 74% 8th

 

16th Overall

59% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 57% 16th
Attend worship services at least weekly 36% 21st
Pray daily 56% 17th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 69% 13th

 

 

3rd Overall

73% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 71% 3rd
Attend worship services at least weekly 51% 2nd
Pray daily 70% 3rd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 78% 3rd

 

11th Overall

64% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 63% 10th
Attend worship services at least weekly 42% 10th
Pray daily 63% 11th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 69% 13th

 

11th Overall

64% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 58% 15th
Attend worship services at least weekly 53% 1st
Pray daily 61% 13th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 61% 31st

 

48th Overall

34% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 32% 51st
Attend worship services at least weekly 21% 51st
Pray daily 33% 51st
Believe in God with absolute certainty 41% 50th

 

14th Overall

61% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 60% 13th
Attend worship services at least weekly 44% 8th
Pray daily 60% 14th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 67% 15th

 

44th Overall

45% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 44% 41st
Attend worship services at least weekly 30% 39th
Pray daily 46% 45th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 55% 42nd

 

7th Overall

69% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 64% 7th
Attend worship services at least weekly 46% 6th
Pray daily 68% 4th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 77% 4th

 

44th Overall

45% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 44% 41st
Attend worship services at least weekly 27% 47th
Pray daily 46% 45th
Believe in God with absolute certainty 56% 39th

 

22nd Overall

54% of adults considered highly religious

Category Percent of Adult Population State Rank by Category
Religion is very important in their lives 49% 33rd
Attend worship services at least weekly 38% 16th
Pray daily 53% 22nd
Believe in God with absolute certainty 66% 17th