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Poll Finds Most Religious U.S. Cities Vote With GOP, Least Religious With Democrats

April 2, 2013 by  

Poll Finds Most Religious U.S. Cities Vote With GOP, Least Religious With Democrats

A poll released last week links Americans’ measure of religious devotion with geography, noting a clear pattern shared among the Nation’s most-religious (and least-religious) cities.

The Gallup poll, which ranks residents of America’s metropolitan areas from most religious to least, noted the majority of areas where people strongly identify with religion lie predominantly in the South, as well as in Mormon-dominated Utah.

The Provo-Orem, Utah, metro area topped the list, with more than 77 percent of residents who responded identifying themselves as “highly religious” and only 12 percent claiming they are “not religious.” Following Provo as “highly religious” cities are Montgomery, Ala. (64 percent); Jackson, Miss. (63 percent); Birmingham-Hoover, Ala. (56 percent); and Huntsville, Ala. (55 percent).

Other Southern cities also approached the top of the list, including metro areas in South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Only one Northern metro — Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. — was listed among the top 10.

For purposes of the survey, “highly religious” means respondents attend worship services weekly or almost weekly.

By contrast, Northern and Western cities abound on the bottom of the chart, with Burlington-South Burlington, Vt., claiming the fewest respondent — 17 percent — who identify themselves as “highly religious,” followed closely by Boulder, Colo. (17 percent); Manchester-Nashua, N.H. (21 percent); Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine (21 percent); and Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif. (23 percent). The metro areas of San Francisco; Eugene, Ore.; Boston; Bremerton, Wash.; and Albany, N.Y., rounded out the bottom 10.

Using the poll’s numbers, it’s simple to relate so-called “religious” areas with residents’ mainstream political leanings, as CNS News has done:

The poll results show that the states with the 10 least religious metro-areas went to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, while nine of the 10 most religious metro-areas were in states that went to Republican Mitt Romney.

In the bottom five cities on the list — plus San Francisco; Bremerton; Springfield, Mass.; and Bellingham, Wash. — more than 50 percent of those surveyed indicated they were “not religious” at all.

Taken in the context of another Gallup survey done in late 2012, it’s apparent that more Americans identify culturally with religion — primarily Catholicism or Protestant Christianity — than actually practice it in their daily lives. However, the survey does seem to indicate that such a strong cultural connection to Christianity is closely linked with conservative voting patterns in mainstream national politics.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Robert Smith

    Yup, it’s easy for those who easily follow a religion where if they want you to have an opinion or believe “facts” about something religion will give it to you and take your money for it.

    And then they take the next step to the right and if Rush wants you to have an opinion he’ll intellectually beat it into you.

    So lazy, those who just won’t think. So sad for America.


  • Dave

    Must be a slow news day… Its no eye-opener that the more rational and educated vote Democrat.

    • weneedrubio

      Ok Mr. smartest in the room, tell me which liberal policy has been a net plus for the country and world? Arrogance is the height of ignorance and it is not a crime free of victims. Is tolerance still supposedly a part of your playbook?

      • Dave

        Sure thing… Liberal policies that were good for the world:

        1) Ending slavery in the United States
        2) Ending Segregation in the United States
        3) Women the right to vote
        4) Social security drastically reduced poverty for the elderly.
        5) Medicare
        6) Unions that help push for safer working conditions, ending child labor, the 40 hour work week etc
        7) Environmental law to protect the earth

        Those are just starters…

        Who says I am not tolerant? Believe what you wish just keep your religion out of my government.

        But of course you can name tons of conservative policies that have done great things for the world right?

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Yes, it must be a “slow news day” for PLD to be posting such “non news”.

    I find it interesting that the article states “for purposes of the survey, “highly religious” means respondents attend worship services weekly or almost weekly.” To my mind, being “highly religious” in a country dominated by the Christian religion means more than self-righteously parking your butt in a pew. It means behaving according to Christian principles. Too bad that so many of those who are so “highly religious” seem to be found in red states, where Christian principles are NOT adhered to the way they are in the “not highly religious” blue states. It’s called hypocrisy.

    • steve

      let’s see some proof of your statement. i can go all day long with what goes on just in ny/nj/michigan. look at detroit . the unions and the politicians have destroyed this once prosperous city.

      • Dave

        Hmmm Funny how all the problems with the auto industry are due to the unions… never management.

        Unions did not green light the Pinto, K-Car, Citation etc…that was management
        Unions did not appoint people who know nothing about building cars to top positions in Chysler, Ford and GM… their boards did.

        In the 1950′s we were the only game in town so the Unions rightfully went after their share of the pie and everyone did well and everyone prospered. then everyone got greedy (Unions included) in the face of competition from Germany and Japan and we lost due to management ignorance, arrogance and not making the kinds of cars people wanted to buy.

        Politicians are part of the problem too… I will submit the car firms have much deeper pockets than the Unions ever did. They did their share of buying policy too.

      • matforce

        The prosperity of these cities went offshore into the coffers of Red China, et. al. and into the deep pockets of our offshoring “multinational” corporations who exploit Chinese workers ($1.36/hr. avg. wage), then park their $TRILLIONS in cash in offshore accounts to avoid taxation to their nation of origin, the USA (paying taxes to America the Beautiful is for chumps!!!).
        Used to be able to walk in off the street with a high school diploma or even drop out status and get an entry level job that could support a family. NO MORE. THOSE JOBS ARE GONE! GET IT? THEY’RE JUST NOT THERE ANYMORE!!! Follow the money…

      • matforce

        I grew up in the 50s and 60s and back then, kids with low or no skills could find work in one of our manufacturing plants, and if they had the smarts and that work ethic, they could work their way onto the management team and even work their way to the head spot as President or CEO.
        The offshoring business model (begun in the 60s with our textile, fabric, garment, and shoe factories being moved to South and Central America, then in the 70s our toy, “transistor” or audio, TV, electronics and steel was offshored to Japan), was perfected with charts and graphs shared in board room presentations across the USA by the time NAFTA was introduced in the late 80s by Bush Sr. It was Bush, Mulroney and Salinas’ baby but didn’t come up for a vote until the Clinton Presidency. He had a hard time convincing a reticent caucus to vote in favor of this promise of “job creation.” Perot was right (“When all you care about is making money, there’ll be a giant sucking sound headin’ South!), Clinton, Bush Sr. and a majority of Republicans (Democratic votes yes= 102, Republican vots yes= 132, Democratic no votes= 156, Republican no votes= 43, a fairly bi-partisan split compared to the party line votes you see today), were wrong. But when China joined the WTO in 2001, having been granted “permanent” Most Favored Nations status the same year, even our jobs in Mexico left for China ($1.36/hr. avg. wage today, $1.36/hr. accornding to Sen. McCain in 2001).
        Lets be honest, NO business is unwelcome in the USA!. The tired arguments of restrictive regulations, a 35% corporate tax, and “strong unions” are simply an excuse to move jobs offshore where regulations either don’t exist yet or they are in their infancy stages, wage scales are a fraction of minimum wage here in the USA with non-existent human rights. I have looked into the commonly purported claims that unions in the USA “overreached,” but could find zero cases where management’s exorbitant compensation packages (CEOs, Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, executives, hired experts, marketing teams, department managers, consultants, and sales teams) didn’t contribute to those corporation’s demise with their top-heavy wages and compensation packages that ran into financial trouble. Some off the top examples:
        Exhibit #1: US Steel- When faced with decisions to re-tool and update outdated methods and equipment that were left go for far too long, at a time when Japan was dumping cheap steel in the USA at a price they couldn’t even make it at, just to get a foot in the door of the world’s biggest economy, they were also facing labor disputes with the union, who was demanding that negotiations be conducted in good faith by having management open the books. Management knew what that would reveal, so they refused, and Unions refused their offer. Management had 3 choices:
        1. Open the books and deal in good faith; both management and labor take a shared hit. Didn’t happen.
        2. Pass the increase on to their stocks and stockholders would be forced to take a hit. That was out of the question.
        3. Pass the increase on to their product. Steel went under, management left with their golden parachutes, and stockholders with diversified stock options survived, but labor lost out like always.
        Exhibit #2: Hostess just went out of business. A quick study of that would show that Hostess was in bankruptcy in 2004, after which their workers made concessions in wages and benefits and during this most recent bout with bankruptcy, they’ve conceded another 8% in wages, and 32% in benefits. The real story of why Hostess failed come from (ready for this?) the Wall Street Journal who always sticks up for businesses, (in this case a hedge fund firm that bought up Hostess) over people; they identified mismanagement including a CEO whose pay increased 300%, executives who received pay increases from 60% to 100%, and a decision to stop paying into workers’ pension funds which is now $160 million in arrears.
        Exhibit #3: Saved the best and most recent for last- Sensata out of Freeport, Illinois made over $500million profits in the last quarter of this year, but larger profit margins beckoned in China. Sensata wants to close its door in the USA, but insists that the USA workers also TRAIN their replacements in China the company will fly into the USA for their training. Priceless!

    • Karolyn

      Agreed. I live in the Bible Belt; and the number of welfare cheats who go to church every Sunday is outrageous! However, there are a lot of people who walk the walk. Unfortunately, they are ot the majority.

    • GALT

      The end can only BE so NIGH………..

  • Doc Sarvis

    “…noted the majority of areas where people strongly identify with religion lie predominantly in the South, as well as in Mormon-dominated Utah.”

    This also corresponds to the states that pay less into the Federal Budget but that take more from the Federal Budget.

    • FreedomFighter

      In Washington, D.C. an old priest lay dying in the hospital. For years he had faithfully served the people of the nation’s capital and was well known among the elected officials. He motioned for his nurse to come near. Yes, Father?” said the nurse.

      “I would really like to see President Obama and Senator Reid before I die,”
      whispered the priest.

      “I’ll see what I can do, Father”, replied the nurse.

      The nurse sent the request to The President and Congress and waited for a response. Soon the word arrived; President Obama and Harry Reid would
      be delighted to visit the priest.

      As they went to the hospital, Obama commented to Reid, “I don’t know
      why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images.”

      Reid agreed that it was a good thing.

      When they arrived at the priest’s room, the priest took Obama’s hand in
      his right hand and Reid’s hand in his left hand. There was silence and a look of serenity on the old priest’s face.

      Finally President Obama spoke. “Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?”

      The old priest slowly replied, “I have always tried to pattern my life after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

      “Amen”, said Obama. “Amen”, said Reid.

      The old priest continued, “Jesus died between two lying thieves; I would like to do the same

      (from an email)

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • Doc Sarvis

        A day late for April Fool’s.

      • FreedomFighter

        Say Hello,

        Dated: April 1, 2013

        Laus Deo
        Semper FI

      • ibcamn

        Ha ha ha,that was awsome man,great job!

      • Blue Devil

        He got his wish!

  • ibcamn

    Okay,i’ll try this again before they take it down…..”the bible”tv series,the devil(obama)lookalike,you think obama is going to wear(for helloween) a black robe,and maybe give him a light saber!!kinda like a liberal who votes for Dem. and “Jesus”who votes for Rep….and that’s what weve known for awhile!
    We all know less religouse people vote for the Dem.(they want to rid America of christianity)and Gop has always been way more of a religouse group!(and don’t forget obama only won in states that didn’t have the ID to vote law)go figure!

    “Darth Obama”…come to the dark side you gun loving bible thumping flag waving conservatives[insert light saber sound effects here]or perish!……….

    let’s see if this post stays up this time!

    • Karolyn

      Just because someone is “less religious” does not mean they want to rid the country of Christianity. Such paranoid thinking.

  • Karolyn

    Well, golllllllyy, isn’t that a surprise!

    • GALT

      Probably connected with respective intelligence and hypocritical measurements…..

      If civilization doesn’t have a POINT, what is the point of being “civilized”?

      So how does government “secure the right to LIFE”?

  • Charlie

    Don’t confuse being “”Religious””with being a “True Christian” PER The Holy Bible… IF??? one has NOT accomplished Acts 2:38 with understanding and lawful according to The Holy Bible…
    THEN,,, one is most likely NOT a Christian… NOW,,.one may put together 2 or 3 other Verses to arrive at the same action as Acts 2:38,,,but,,,why do that? Acts 2:38 covers it all in ONE single verse… Acts 2:38 IS The Only single verse in The entire Bible that gives “”Salvation”” under King Jesus Christ… Remember The Devil “””Believes”””in King Jesus Christ and trembles….
    JUST “”believing”” WILL NOT make you a “Christian”… Routinely speaking… The guy next to King Jesus on The Cross ,WAS NOT routine… Meanwhile………………..
    Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts is salvation…

    Charlie Freedom


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