New York not among the most religious states

You can’t be surprised.

Sure, there are tons of churches and synagogues in New York and lots of religious people to fill them.

imagesBut New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley — make that downstate to upstaters — is home to plenty of non-believers, free-thinkers and a lot of people whose faith is not a top priority in their lives.

Right?

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, New York is the 39th most religious state. The ranking is based on New Yorkers’ answer to one, key question: Whether religion is “very important” in their lives.

Only 46% said yes.

The national average is 56%. Mississippi came in first at 82% — way ahead of Alabama and Arkansas at 74%.

Yes, the top 10 is dominated by the South. Just like college football.

And the least religious state?

I would have guessed Washington state, which came in 36th in religious-ness.

Last place was a tie between neighbors New Hampshire and Vermont, where only 36 percent say religion is very important in their New England lives.

What would the Puritans say?

Catholic Dems help keep Clinton going

Hillary Clinton’s continuing popularity with Catholic Democrats apparently played a significant role in her big day yesterday (not to mention her survival as a candidate).

tjndc5-5j0cinqvneb10uxqh9mn_layout.jpgExit polls show that she did well with white women, independents, seniors and Roman Catholics, according to the AP.

Catholicdemocrats.org broke it down like this:

In Ohio, a state where 22% of voters are Catholic, Senator Clinton won among Catholics by 63% to Senator Obama’s 34-36%.

In Texas, a state where 30-32% of voters are Catholic, Senator Clinton won over Catholics in popular primary voting by 62-64%, to Senator Obama’s 36-38%.

In Rhode Island, the state with the largest percentage of Catholics at 54% of the population, Senator Clinton won over Catholics by 66% to Senator Obama’s roughly 33%.

In Vermont, a state where about 19% of the population is Catholic, Senator Obama received 52% of the Catholic vote to Senator Clinton’s 47%.

Regarding Rhode Island, the AP reported:

Rhode Island is the most heavily Roman Catholic state in the country, with more than 60 percent of the population identifying itself Catholic. In the Democratic primary, more than half of voters called themselves Catholics, and they favored Clinton two-to-one.