Gallup Study: The most religious states were in the South, except for Utah, while the least religious states were clustered in New England and the West.

Mississippi Most Religious State,
Vermont Least Religious

Average religiousness of states continues to range widely

Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years. With 61% of its residents classified as very religious, Mississippi held on to its position as the most religious state, while Vermont, with 22% very religious residents, remained the least religious. The most religious states were in the South, except for Utah, while the least religious states were clustered in New England and the West.

Most Religious States, Based on % Very Religious, 2013

These state-by-state results are based on more than 174,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup Daily tracking in 2013, including more than 500 interviews conducted in each state and 442 in the District of Columbia. Complete results and sample sizes are on page 2.

Least Religious States, Based on % Very Religious, 2013

Gallup classifies Americans as very religious if they say religion is an important part of their daily lives and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week. More than four in 10 Americans nationwide (41%) fit this classification in 2013. Twenty-nine percent of Americans were nonreligious, saying religion is not an important part of their daily lives and that they seldom or never attend religious services. The remaining 29% were moderately religious, saying religion is important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services.

Gallup began tracking religion using this measure in 2008, and the nationwide proportions of Americans in each of the three religious categories have remained generally stable since then. The percentage „very religious” is slightly higher in 2013 than it was in 2012, 2011, and 2008, while the percentage of nonreligious Americans is slightly lower in 2013 than in any previous year.

Religiosity by Year: 2008-2013

Although there have been minor changes in the rank-order of the most religious and the least religious states between 2008 and 2013, the broad pattern has remained similar year after year. Ten of the 11 most religious states in 2013 are in the South. The exception is Utah, a majority of whose residents identify as Mormons – the most religious of any major religious group in the country.

The 10 least religious states in 2013 are from two areas – New England and the West – plus the District of Columbia. The New England states of Vermont and New Hampshire continue to be the least religious states in the union.

For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit www.gallup.com.

You can read more and use Gallup’s interactive data here – http://www.gallup.com/poll/167267/mississippi-religious-vermont-least-religious-state.aspx

Evoluţia societăţii nu a schimbat opinia despre creaţiune

 via semneletimpului.ro  Citeste articolul original in Engleza aici

În 2012, americanii cred în procent de 46% că Dumnezeu i-a creat în ultimii 10.000 de ani, acestui procent adăugându-se şi 32% care cred că omul a evoluat sub îndrumarea lui Dumnezeu, teorie numită evoluţie teistă. La polul opus, americanii care cred în teoria evoluţiei numără 15%.

Rezultatele sondajului de opinie realizat de Gallup în luna mai a acestui an arată că, în ultimele trei decenii, opinia americanilor cu privire la evoluţie şi creaţiune nu s-a schimbat, deşi societatea a trecut prin transformări semnificative. O analiză comparativă a 11 studii Gallup, realizate în perioada 1982-2012, arată că, în medie, cei care cred în creaţiune numără 45%, cei care cred în evoluţia teistă – 37%, ia cei care cred în evoluţie – 12%.

Astfel, sondajul de anul acesta a prezentat mici diferenţe faţă de medie: +1% pentru creaţiune, -5% pentru evoluţionismul teist şi +3% pentru evoluţionism.

Sondajul arată că trei sferturi dintre americanii care merg săptămânal la biserică cred în creaţionism şi la fel cred şi 25% dintre cei care frecventează rar sau deloc serviciile religioase.

Studiul a fost realizat telefonic, în perioada 10-13 mai, pe un eşantion reprezentativ de 1.012 adulţi, cu vârsta peste 18 ani, selectaţi din fiecare stat american.

Gallup: The prevalence of the creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago

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In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View

of Human Origins

Highly religious Americans most likely to believe in creationism

by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ – Forty-six percent of Americans believe in the creationist view that God created humans in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years. The prevalence of this creationist view of the origin of humans is essentially unchanged from 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question. About a third of Americans believe that humans evolved, but with God’s guidance; 15% say humans evolved, but that God had no part in the process.

Trend: Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? 1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process, 3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so

Gallup has asked Americans to choose among these three explanations for the origin and development of human beings 11 times since 1982. Although the percentages choosing each view have varied from survey to survey, the 46% who today choose the creationist explanation is virtually the same as the 45% average over that period – and very similar to the 44% who chose that explanation in 1982. The 32% who choose the „theistic evolution” view that humans evolved under God’s guidance is slightly below the 30-year average of 37%, while the 15% choosing the secular evolution view is slightly higher (12%).

The Most Religious Americans Are Most Likely to Be Creationists

Gallup’s question wording explicitly frames the three alternatives in terms of God’s involvement in the process of human development, making it less than surprising to find that the more religious the American, the more likely he or she is to choose the creationist viewpoint.

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? By church attendance, May 2012

Two-thirds of Americans who attend religious services weekly choose the creationist alternative, compared with 25% of those who say they seldom or never attend church. The views of Americans who attend almost every week or monthly fall in between those of the other two groups. Still, those who seldom or never attend church are more likely to believe that God guided the evolutionary process than to believe that humans evolved with no input from God.

Majority of Republicans Are Creationists

Highly religious Americans are more likely to be Republican than those who are less religious, which helps explain the relationship between partisanship and beliefs about human origins. The major distinction is between Republicans and everyone else. While 58% of Republicans believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years, 39% of independents and 41% of Democrats agree.

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? By political party ID, May 2012

Those With Postgraduate Education Least Likely to Believe in Creationist Explanation

Americans with postgraduate education are most likely of all the educational groups to say humans evolved without God’s guidance, and least likely to say God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years. The creationist viewpoint „wins” among Americans with less than a postgraduate education.

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings? By education, May 2012

Implications

Despite the many changes that have taken place in American society and culture over the past 30 years, including new discoveries in biological and social science, there has been virtually no sustained change in Americans’ views of the origin of the human species since 1982. The 46% of Americans who today believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years is little changed from the 44% who believed this 30 years ago, when Gallup first asked the question.

More broadly, some 78% of Americans today believe that God had a hand in the development of humans in some way, just slightly less than the percentage who felt this way 30 years ago.

All in all, there is no evidence in this trend of a substantial movement toward a secular viewpoint on human origins.

Most Americans are not scientists, of course, and cannot be expected to understand all of the latest evidence and competing viewpoints on the development of the human species. Still, it would be hard to dispute that most scientists who study humans agree that the species evolved over millions of years, and that relatively few scientists believe that humans began in their current form only 10,000 years ago without the benefit of evolution. Thus, almost half of Americans today hold a belief, at least as measured by this question wording, that is at odds with the preponderance of the scientific literature.

Survey MethodsResults for this USA Today/Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted May 10-13, 2012, with a random sample of 1,012 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each sample includes a minimum quota of 400 cell phone respondents and 600 landline respondents per 1,000 national adults, with additional minimum quotas among landline respondents by region. Landline telephone numbers are chosen at random among listed telephone numbers. Cell phone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.Samples are weighted by gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, adults in the household, and phone status (cell phone only/landline only/both, cell phone mostly, and having an unlisted landline number). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2011 Current Population Survey figures for the aged 18 and older non-institutionalized population living in U.S. telephone households. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting and sample design.

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

View methodology, full question results, and trend data.

For more details on Gallup’s polling methodology, visit www.gallup.com.

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