Sinful Northerners are among the many states classified as not having enough religious values, according to a new survey finding that eight of the top ten most religious states are down south.
Gallup pollsters found their data based on telephone interviews conducted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011, with a random sample of 353,492 adults, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, to determine the most religious state in America.
Gallup found that 40 percent of Americans nationwide are very religious, while another 32 percent of Americans are nonreligious, meaning they said that religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services.
As for the states down bottom, they’re full of religiosity; eight of the 10 most religious states in 2011 are located there and include: Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, while Oklahoma and Utah round out the top 10.
Religion in politics has been a highly debated issue this election season, as Republican candidate Rick Santorum has been wearing Catholic credentials as a badge of honor, winning primaries in the South and campaigning on his religious values.
Take a look at the list of religious states in the gallery.