Monday, December 28, 2009

Religiosity and Politics

This is no great surprise but the relationship between religiosity and Republicanism in Pew's newest rankings of the most religious states is pretty remarkable.

14 of the 15 most religious states voted for John McCain, the only exception being North Carolina where Barack Obama just barely squeaked through.

At the same time Obama won 23 of the 27 least religious states, with the most notable exception being Alaska which is near the bottom of the list but still voted for McCain.

Those religiosity rankings are actually a better predictor of a state's Presidential vote than its party registration breakdown given the large quantity of Republican President voting Democrats, particularly in the south.

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