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Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Somewhere in Time, UT

The article fails to make clear just what percentage the "nones" are. It states they grew by 1.1% over each of the last two years and by 22% over the last few years but still doesn't state what percentage they are over all. I'm glad Utah is up there. I'm surprised we're not number one.

Columbia, SC

The color coding on the map included in this article has no relation to the article itself. Gallop provided a much more sensible map, why wasn't it included?

Dietrich, ID

So people want to share there lack of beleif now? More shared doubt. I have no doubt to share. Truth is independent of what people choose to beleive. What will a beleif against gravity do? And how do people prove there lack of beleif?

Religion for the most part makes people better people than they are.


This DN story doesn't portray the full picture of the poll regarding Utah. While Utahns are ranked second in the "very religious" category, once "moderately religious" is factored in, Utah drops well out of the top ten regarding positive religious attitudes. There appears to be a growing polarization regarding religious attitudes in Utah, with no other state having a lower "moderately religious" figure. In my opinion, this demographic split reflects a bigger story than simply proclaiming Utah as #2 religiously.

Springville, UT

Red states, economically depressed as a whole, less educated, and a whole host of other issues. Does Utah want to be part of the deep South? Just a question.


LDS families are sending their teens out just as soon and as fast as possible to thrash the nations with the power of the spirit. 1st Corinthians 1:27

Hayden, ID

@ Esquire. Blue states are far more likely to have economic problems, more drug and alcohol problems, more welfare demands and higher taxes. Could there be a correlation?

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

"Red states, economically depressed as a whole,"
The south in general has grown inversely to the rust belt's decline. California is losing population and jobs to Texas at an increasing rate. Utah has one of the least depressed economies in the US.
The basic condescension towards red sates, and by extension, religion, is both incorrect and unwarranted.

Bountiful, UT

Utah excepted, at first glance it seems like the most backward areas of the country are the most religious areas.

sandy, ut

Higv - Religion isn't truth. It is belief. Gravity is a fact, neither a belief or a truth but a fact. You can't compare something you believe in to something that is a fact. They aren't the same. And the terms truth and belief are not interchangeable. Furthermore, just as people not believing something doesn't make it false; believing in something you consider truth doesn't make it true. Religion makes people better then they are? Tell that to Warren Jeffs followers. And no, he isn't the only one. Religion can make people do terrible things because of percieved power.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

Mountanman – “Blue states are far more likely to have economic problems, more drug and alcohol problems, more welfare demands and higher taxes. Could there be a correlation?”

Painting with a pretty broad (and inaccurate) brush this morning, Mountanman?

OK, I’ll play – show of hands, how many here would rather live in the most atheistic country in the world (Sweden) vs. the most religious (Pakistan)?

Admittedly, there’s a lot more going on here than just religion (both at State and Country levels), but I don’t think the point you’re trying to make will hold up under such sweeping generalizations.

Brigham City, UT

Utah - backward. I always thought that was a given...

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

The deep racist south and Utah. Curious bedfellows

Huntsville, UT

Mississippi & Utah: Most religious. Least money for education. Correlation maybe?

Colorado Springs, CO

Alcohol dependence: Number 1, Montana - Red state.
Worst economic problems, Number 1, Mississippi - Red state
Most marijuana use, Number 1, Alaska, Red state

Definitely would like to know the source of Mountanman's claims!

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

As a liberal American non-believer I see this story in a different light.

To me, religion is simply a seller of Hope.

People buy into religion as a crutch against the rigors of life. And like the environmental temperature sells more air conditioners in Texas than in Alaska, the quality of life may be the cause of the better market for hope/religion in different places.

It might be interesting to see if there is correlation between this study and conservatism, republicanism, employment or education.

American Fork, UT

We're not in good company.

Syracuse, UT

Alaska is a red state, but one of the most nonreligious. You can't have it both ways.

Provo, UT

Neither the definitions of non-religiousness and religiosity seem particularly strict -- so what this seems to find is that even the most religious areas of the nation are not really that religious, and only a few of the states seem truly irreligious. So it is not no much blakc or white or red or blue but grey.

Salt Lake City, UT

Does religiosity correlate to how "good" a state is?

If it does correlate, is the relationship causal?

What metrics do you apply to determine what is and is not a "good" state? What counts as a positive?

If because of its high religiosity your state is less likely to teach your kids sex education basics in school, less likely to teach biological evolution in its science classes, less likely to provide public family planning and reproductive health services, and less likely to embrace divirsity and equality under the law for its citizens, then I would argue that you have little to be proud of in that state.

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