By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
Gallup is out with a fascinating new ranking of the most and least religious states in the nation. The pollster asked 350,000 Americans a simple question: "Is religion an important part of your daily life?"
Here are the ten states where the greatest proportions of people answered "yes" to that question:
80% South Carolina
76% North Carolina
These are the ten states where the smallest proportions of people answered "yes" to that question:
46% New Hampshire
53% Rhode Island
In six of the ten least religious states, majorities still say that religion is an important part of their daily lives. Of ten most religious states, only one went for Barack Obama last November: North Carolina. Of the ten least religious states, just one went for John McCain: Alaska. This is why the Republicans' recent sheepishness on faith and faith-based issues is somewhat perplexing.