The 19 most religious U.S. states were won by Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the last election while the 14 least religious were won by President Barack Obama.
Based on a new Gallup poll, The Washington Post
reports that the strength of a person’s religious views are an accurate indicator of what presidential candidate they will vote for.
"Simply put: If you are attending religious services every week, you are very likely to vote for the Republican candidate for president in 2016," Chris Cillizza, wrote in the Post's political blog The Fix.
"If you never go to any sort of religious service, you are going to be for the Democrat. It's a simple — and remarkably accurate — political predictor."
Obama won 39 percent of the vote in the 19 most religious states, while in the least religious he had 61 percent of the vote, discounting Washington, D.C., where he had 91 percent.
The Gallup survey
asked respondents whether they were "very religious Americans" or "moderately religious" or "nonreligious Americans."
Mississippi was the most religious with 61 percent, while Utah came in second with 60 percent saying they were very religious. Alabama was third with 57 percent.
The other 16 very religious states in the survey were: Louisiana (56 percent),South Carolina (54), Tennessee (54), Georgia (52), Arkansas (51), North Carolina (50), Oklahoma (49), Kentucky (49), Texas (47), Idaho (47), Nebraska (47), Kansas (47), South Dakota, (46), North Dakota (46), Indiana (46), and Missouri (44).
Vermont was the least religious state at 22 percent, while New Hampshire came second to last with 24 percent.
In descending order, the 12 other least religious states are Colorado (35 percent), Rhode Island (34), California (34), New York (34), the District of Columbia (32), Hawaii (32%), Connecticut (32), Washington (32), Nevada (32), Oregon (31), Massachusetts (28), and Maine (27).
Gallup based its results on more than 174,000 interviews conducted throughout all 50 states during last year.
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