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Utah highest, Vermont lowest on newest church attendance poll

(RNS) More Utahns go to church every week -- 51 percent --  than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll.

That statistic is "a direct result of (Utah)'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."

The next most-frequent church attendees are in the South -- Mississippi (47 percent), Alabama (46 percent), Louisiana (46 percent) and Arkansas (45 percent). In fact, 10 of the top 12 churchgoing states are in the South.

At the bottom of the list is Vermont, Gallup reports, "where 17 percent of residents say they attend religious services every week," Newport writes. Just ahead of the Green Mountain State are New Hampshire (20 percent), Maine (20 percent), Massachusetts (22 percent), Washington (24 percent) and Oregon (24 percent). Half the bottom 10 are in New England.

To determine these rankings, Gallup Daily drew on "tracking interviews throughout 2014 with 177,030 U.S. adults," the pollster reported. Statewide margins of error range from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Respondents were asked, "How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque -- at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom or never?" Surveyors then added up those who say "at least once a week."

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  1. Bible says man shall perish because of their lack of knowledge so people
    can go to church and still go to hell. You do not need the book of mormon
    to be saved or Mr. Joseph Smith just Jesus Christ! No true prophet can be
    revered if they are a liar!!!! Joseph Smith was/is a proven liar with all of the
    nonsense coming about about sealing a/the “spirit brides” when there is no
    sex in heaven and everything else he lied about/all the predictions he made
    that didn’t come true. You can’t revere Joseph Smith or the book of mormon!

    Bible says if anyone comes to you preaching something different don’t listen
    even if it’s an angel and if anyone teaches or preaches another Gospel that
    person will be eternally condemned. The mormons teach a false Gospel and
    Joseph Smith was/is a false prophet/he was fooled by the devil posing as an
    angel of light because he followed his sinful desires not the God of the Bible!

    Jesus said before Abraham I Am so the birth of Jesus was a miracle not a
    creation plus Emmanuel means God with us so Jesus was/is God with us!
    When you deny the Trinity/Godhead/teach polytheism/Jesus was created
    you seperate yourself from the Truth of Biblical Christianity. Godhead is in
    the Bible/Jesus was not created! Bible says that most go to outer darkness
    which is hell plus works don’t save/only Repenting and trusting Jesus saves!
    Luke 13 says we are known by our fruit! That fruit is the fruit of Repentance
    not good works cause many non-believers do good works. We must Repent!
    Bible says Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We all must Repent!

  2. Karla, whole Jesus-sacrifice thing that you are so aggressively trying to sell here is a steaming pile of output of the back end of a bull.

    How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic “god” that you’ve made for yourself there.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  3. In Australia, 8% of people say they attend church at least once a month. http://www.mccrindle.com.au/the-mccrindle-blog/church_attendance_in_australia_infographic
    In Canada, 27% of people say they attend church at least once a month.
    In the United States, 46% of people say they attend church at least once a month. http://www.pewforum.org/2013/06/27/canadas-changing-religious-landscape/

    So compared with other English-speaking countries, church attendance in the United States is still quite high.

  4. Wow,Bob…Have you ever heard the old adage, “Better to keep one’s mouth closed and be thought a fool,than to open it and remove all doubt”? Since you don’t have the slightest idea what you’re talking about,you should heed that adage.

  5. Bob-Jesus said you are one of Mine only if you continue in My teachings
    and follow Me so the people who say there is no literal hell or works save
    and Jesus was created have created a false god/idol to suit themselves
    which is called idolatry and no idolater will enter/inherit a/the kingdom of
    heaven/God. Matthew 25:46/Matthew 13:42 and also Revelation 20:15
    plus Revelation 20:10 all says that hell is a real place. The Bible is true
    and Romans 1:18-32 says God made it known to us that He is real with
    the miracle of creation but people love their sins more so they deny Him.

  6. Bob-Evolution is impossible and you have faith that this whole world
    just came into existence by chance. Look at the design of the whole
    world and you are saying that the earth created itself and that all of
    this design we see is just random chance? It’s takes more faith for a
    person to believe the earth created itself and the universe came into
    existence all by itself. God/Jesus are very,very,very real. God bless.

  7. The Bible says not to subtract from it or you go to hell so all of the people
    who teach that there is no hell go to hell because of that teaching! Ironic.

  8. Laurence, I reject your insulting comment entirely. It is mainly a personal attack. Please in future try to respond with substance, if you can, and if you comment at all. I repeat for you the questions that thus far you have shown no ability to answer:

    How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers? Pretty pathetic “god” that you’ve made for yourself there.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  9. Karla, the subject of evolution does not pertain to how the world came into being. Do try to learn about that subject before you post yet more ignorant comments about it.

    Now, here again for you are the questions again that you just dodged. This time, try to find the courage, for a change, to actually respond to them:

    How is it again that your omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers?

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.
    http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/

  10. Karla, you’ve been caught!

    You have spammed this site with almost exactly the same post about your misunderstanding of evolution dozens of times. Evolution has been proven and observed.

    You have similarly spammed this site with other copied content dozens of times too.

    This is to serve you notice: CEASE AND DESIST with your dishonest spam already.

  11. Very happy to live in one of the states noted for low attendance.

  12. Gus,

    I’m afraid Karla is an example of the harms of religion. She reinforces it every time she posts something.

    People indoctrinated in her situation have no way to think differently – they have been denied the use of their own minds.

    Christians should pay attention to Karla.
    Indoctrination – especially with talk of Hell – is exactly what they must not do to their children.

    Karla is exhibit A of what happens to people under the early influence of these terrible philosophies.

  13. Wherever religion is strong:

    Poverty is higher.
    Women’s rights are weaker.
    Financial inequality is greater.
    People are more unhealthy.
    Education is worse.
    Science is worse.
    Creationism replaces Evolution

    If you care about these poor parts of the USA, you should speak freely about your Secularism and your Atheism.

    Let people know they are not alone
    and things will improve.

    Religion is a huge part of the problem in those states.

  14. Max-The Bible says that we are all to Repent/submit to the Lord
    becasue we are sinners/we are not to love the world or sin. We
    believe in God/Bible/Truth/we want to follow it. I wasn’t forced to
    believe in the Bible/Jesus but I did the research/studying on my
    own/was convicted by God/Jesus/the Holy Spirit and Repented
    which many today do not do because they don’t read a/the Bible
    cause so much of the preaching today is about going to heaven
    instead of telling people to Repent/get saved. People can sing a
    song/dance around and still go to hell if they do not Repent. The
    Bible says Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved not keep
    living the same way we did before/keep sinning. We must Repent!

  15. Bob, as a clergy person I believe that Karla needs to open her mind a bit and grow deeper into her knowledge of science and God. With that said, I don’t understand why you are reading and commenting/insulting religion and people of faith on a platform called “religion news”. That constitutes the practice of “trolling” and bulling, which is rather equivalent to the evils of indoctrination that you, Gus and Atheist Max have “preaching against”. Are you trying to “save” people of faith through the same means that “people of faith” are trying to save “atheists”?
    Additionally, if you don’t believe there’s no such thing as “god” why are you fighting so hard to disprove what doesn’t exist?
    Are anti-theists as harmful to society as religious fundamentalists?
    Please note that atheism is rather different the anti-theism and only you can say where you come from. Peace be with you.

  16. Alex-I don’t know what you are talking about when you say I need to grow
    deeper in a/the knowledge of God so you need to be more specific when
    a remark is so broad/general. Conscience/con-science which means with
    knowledge. God gave us all a/our conscience to know what is right and
    what is wrong. We have the knowledge between right and wrong so man
    has no excuse on the day of judgment plus we have creation as proof
    of God because the earth/universe just didn’t create itself and we also
    have Bible prophecy that came true proving the Bible was inspired by
    God because for that many different people/writers/authors to all get it
    right over thousands of years proves that God is real/Jesus is Messiah!

  17. Karla, we’ve caught you! Enough with the spam already. You’ve been caught spamming here with that “repent” nonsense before more than 20 times! Please cease and desist.

    And thanks, Atheist Max. Good points. One of the awful things of course, about the repent stuff that Karla keeps spamming this site (and perhaps others) with is that it represents a case of a person sloughing off their personal responsibility for what they did to some magical “sin” sink, instead of them taking that on themselves.

    I actually wonder if Karla is a troll; it’s hard to imagine anyone being that ignorant in real life.

  18. May I note, that what is measured is actually not chuch attendance, but claimed church attendance. If social expectation of church attendance is high, one can expect a higher level of “Of course, for sure I go to church!” from non-attendees, than in other settings.

  19. Gus-Repenting is takin the responsiblity so you don’t know what
    Repenting is. You are confused/don’t know what you are talking
    about. Only if we Repent can our sins be forgiven. People that
    think they can say/do whatever then just skirt into heaven are
    deceived! Only the one guy next to Jesus on the Cross went to
    heaven because only one guy Repented/had a change of heart
    about sin. Romans 1:18-32 says that God is real but people deny
    Him/Jesus/the Truth because they don’t want to be told how to live.
    People need to Repent/change not just keep living how they want.
    Bible says Repent/believe Gospel to be saved. We must Repent!

  20. Karla, we’ve caught you! Enough with the spam already. You’ve been caught spamming here with that “repent” nonsense before more than 20 times! Please cease and desist.

    One of the awful things of course, about the repent stuff that Karla keeps spamming this site (and perhaps others) with is that it represents a case of a person sloughing off their personal responsibility for what they did to some magical “sin” sink, instead of them taking that on themselves.

    I actually wonder if Karla is a troll; it’s hard to imagine anyone being that ignorant in real life.

  21. @Alex da Silva Souto,

    “why are you fighting so hard to disprove what doesn’t exist?”

    Religion claims that it has the right to be above scrutiny and examination.
    It even claims to be more important than human beings.

    I am not against your right to have religion – You have those rights.
    But I am against the claim that Religion has special rights of its own!

    Religion has no rights. It is just an idea.
    But people have rights and they need to be protected from bad ideas.

    Your defense which says ‘Religion must not be challenged’
    is the fuel for religious war and unrelenting religious violence.

    Al Queda, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Rwandan Priests,
    Pat Robertson, Creflo Dollar are never challenged for their claims about what their Gods demand of them.

    Most anti-theists like myself are very peaceful people
    who only ask that other Atheists and questioners to simply join us in challenging these dangerous claims.

    “Execute them in front of me” – JESUS(Luke 19:27)

    Decency demands that these dangerous religious claims be challenged.

    You have the right to be a Republican. But you do not have the right to stop me from being a democrat.
    Same with religion. Keep your theory about God – no problem.
    Meanwhile – I am saying we have the right to point out how evil these theories are.

  22. @Karla,

    “The Bible says we must spread the word”

    And it also say kill gays.
    What are you accomplishing with your vile Bible?

  23. Karla,

    As a practicing Mormon I just want to clarify a couple of things.

    Mormons do believe in and worship God and Jesus Christ. We believe in the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible and find both books to be inspired and holy works that lead us to discovering and developing our personal relationship with God.

    We believe that throughout history God has inspired holy men, called prophets, to lead and guide us, His children here on earth. We believe that this process, as well as constant revelation from God, continues still today.

    While We believe that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet called by God, we also believe just as firmly that only God can save, and we depend upon Him entirely for that salvation.

    If you haven’t read the Book of Mormon yet, I would invite you to do so. Why not find out for yourself exactly what we Mormons believe? If nothing else you may be entertained and if you are serious in your study you may find something positive, worthwhile and true. Either way you will know for yourself what we believe.

  24. James-Thank you for the feedback but as I wrote you can’t revere
    the book of mormon or Joseph Smith. Jesus is God as part of the
    Trinity/Godhead/the term Godhead is in the Bible a few times so a
    person only needs to Repent/trust in Christ to be saved cause good
    works don’t save us just Repenting/trusting in Jesus Christ saves us!
    Jesus wasn’t created/is co-eternal with God the Father/the Holy Spirit.

  25. The Five Books of Moses also says not to add a single word, yet Christians have done so twice! (New Testament and the Mormon books)

  26. Chaim-The book of mormon is false because their prophet is false and
    they says works save/Jesus was not God/was created. New Testament
    is from God/Jesus cause the Old Testament prophets predicted things
    that came true in the New Testament proving Jesus is the Messiah and
    only way to heaven. Read Psalm 22:16-18 and Isaiah 53:3-7 because
    Jesus is the Messiah and He is the only way to heaven! Jesus is God
    and was not created. Jesus is part of the Trinity/Godhead and plus He
    was aslo called Emmanuel which means God with us so Jesus was God
    with us as part of the Trinity/Godhead. Jesus is the Messiah. God bless.

  27. Some years ago, one of America’s foremost church statisticians, Kirk Hadaway, and some of his colleagues determined that Americans seriously overestimate their church attendance when responding to public opinion surveys. Their conclusion? Actual church attendance ranged between 50% and 56% of the reported church attendance on public opinion surveys. While the relative ranking of the states in this survey is likely accurate, the actual attendance rate in each state is almost certainly much lower than Gallup reports.

  28. Bob, I may not know exactly why God and Jesus had things happen the way they do, but, maybe, being able to see Jesus sacrifice himself to something so awful was something we needed to see to know how much God and Jesus love us.

  29. “Most anti-theists like myself are very peaceful people
    who only ask that other Atheists and questioners to simply join us in challenging these dangerous claims.

    “Execute them in front of me” – JESUS(Luke 19:27)”

    If your so peaceful, why question something in a way that might hurt others? Jesus used that in a parable and I also believe he wouldn’t want us deciding to kill people, but, because he’s Jesus, he would destroy evil people who hate him and want to hurt others because of that.

    I don’t know if he means people who don’t believe and who don’t want to stop people from being Christian.

  30. Jennifer Avery,

    “why question something in a way that might hurt others?”

    I’m just trying to call attention to the danger of all religions.
    I’m trying to protect people through education – not hurt.

    There is a reason why many states are giving up on religion.
    You owe it to yourself to look into it. Religion is dying off because it is dangerous nonsense.

  31. James,

    America has decided to drop religion.
    Religion is just an idea – it isn’t a person.
    Religion is vile, despicable, ignorant nonsense and the people who promote it are arguing in favor of destroying the world through an Apocalypse.

    Though people such as yourself have a right to your religion – and nobody is trying to take that right away – there are many millions of us Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers and others who are sick and tired of being bullied by religious claims of certainties.

    We are challenging these claims of religion.

    If you claim god exists you MUST provide proof of your claim
    or expect to be questioned about it.

    Modern people have had enough of this religious nonsense.

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