CBNNews.com - Mississippi is being called "the most religious state" in the country.
A new Gallup Poll indicates 85 percent of people in Mississippi say religion is an important part of their daily life.
Other states high on the list are also in the so-called "Bible Belt," including Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
The New England states are the "least religious," the poll shows, with Vermont at the bottom of the list. Only 42 percent of Vermont residents say religion is important in their life.
According to the Gallup Poll, 65 percent of all Americans reported in 2008 that religion was important in their daily lives.
Racial and ethnic diversity accounts for degrees of religiosity across the different regions of the country. Various religious traditions also tend to dominate in certain states with strong historical roots in spirituality.
Results are based on telephone interviews with roughly 400,000 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted in 2008.