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How Religious is Benicia? Gallup Poll Rates the State of Faith

Does where you live make you more or less religious? Survey says ...

In God we trust? For the most part, yes.

According to an annual Gallup poll that tracks the state of religiousness in America, 40 percent of the nation was classified as “very religious” in 2012.

And while California has long been seen as a liberal bastion, in matters of faith we’re moderate. Poll results show:

  • 35 percent of us say we’re “very religious.”
  • 29 percent say we’re “moderately religious.”
  • 37 percent say we’re “nonreligious.”

Do these results ring true for Benicia? Tell us in comments why religion is or isn't an important part of your daily life.

Survey results are based on 1,000 interviews done in all but two states and the District of Columbia, according to Gallup. Participants were asked to say if religion is:

  • An important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week (very religious)
  • An important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services (moderately religious)
  • Not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services (nonreligious)

The most religious state in the union continued to be Mississippi, with 58 percent of its residents identified as “very religious.” The least religious state was Vermont, with 19 percent of residents falling into that category.

Want to know how all states ranked? Read the State of the States online at Gallup Politics.

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"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 19, 2013 at 06:51 PM
ABOUT AS RELIGIOUS AS A 'WET WASP"!!! While the temples and the religious buildings are ample in this community. The lacking of true religion/community/brotherly and sisterly love has taken a ride in the back of the bus; save a few, and I emphasize a very few Christians and Humanitarians!!! I mean would such hatred and bile come out of a true Christians: jimpugh 11:23 am on Friday, November 18, 2011 The city of Vallejo has turned into a killing field these days. Today the animals are controling the Zoo Joe Feltcher 1:34 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 Thank you BPD for keeping tight reigns on this trash Babaloo 2:09 pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 Thank YOU Benicia PD.....who took the trash out,,,wuf wuf Joe Feltcher 10:03 am on Thursday, June 28, 2012 I look forward to reading an article about robberies, bank holdups, and copper thefts from the Industrial park that do NOT involve Blacks Joe Feltcher 4:54 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Can we close the border with Vallejo? Michaelangelo 6:15 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Well regardless of who ever fired the shots, closing the border between Benicia and Vallejo is not a bad idea. ARTICLEII:Authorities Will Seek Death Penalty for Alleged Killer of Vallejo Cop Joe Feltcher 3:18 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013 It is "racially biased' because blacks commit the VAST majority of the crimes that are eligible for it.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 19, 2013 at 07:09 PM
This is one of the very few people in Benicia that has exemplified any modicum of religion that I have seen since being in this city: http://patch.com/N-d0pb
Michelle Kye February 19, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I don't know how religious Benicians are as a group but I do know that churchgoers do a lot of good in this town. St. Paul's offers a free community meal every Wednesday evening and everyone is welcome. Local churches also help keep the food bank's pantries full. I am sure there are all kinds of acts of kindness and brotherly and sisterly love out there. I wouldn't give up on everybody yet.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 19, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Michelle Kye; If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck....Then Michelle Kye...It's probably a DUCK!!!!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM
What a Little racist boy you are.
T. Gunter February 19, 2013 at 10:20 PM
One does not need religion to exercise kindness and to know the difference between right and wrong.
Virginia Fontaine February 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM
I have evolved, over time, into a person who does not believe in organized religion. I feel that people who are basically good and care about their fellow humans will show that in acts of kindness and compassion. One does not need to be part of organized religion to be a good person. Unfortunately, I have witnessed many times pious and self-proclaimed Christians treating people badly and doing unconscionable things. They believe in their own self-righteousness! I will continue to try to treat others with respect and compassion and if there is a God, he/she will know I've tried to be a good person.
Michelle Kye February 20, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I agree.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 20, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I gave up on religion, the day Muslims pulled off 9/11
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM
I gave up religion the day my people saved the pilgrims from starving and afterwards they annihilated my race and stole my land.....Said the American Indian I gave up religion after After America enslaved my race for over two hundred years to build this GREAT Country....Said the African American I gave up religion after America took California and several other states from my people and then turn around and deny us access to it....Said the Mexican American I gave up religion after my race was incarcerated during World War II just because...Said the Japanese American Do you see where I am going with this? Who are you people and Where did you all get this sense of entitlement from? "This my way or the Highway attitude"!!!

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