RI is 10th among least religious states, but most devout in NEApril 3rd, 2012 at 6:00 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
The poll shows 32% of Rhode Islanders are “very religious,” tied with New York as the 10th-least religious state in the nation.
Another 31% of Rhode Island residents are moderately religious and 37% are nonreligious, meaning they say religion is not an important part of their daily lives and they seldom or never attend services.
Rhode Island is still a generally religious place, with 63% of all residents either very or moderately religious. That’s lower than the 68% of all Americans who are religious but higher than residents of other New England states: 57% in Connecticut, 53% in Massachusetts, 52% in Maine, 48% in New Hampshire and just 43% in Vermont.
New England is the least religious region of the country, according to Gallup, with Vermont and New Hampshire tied as the least religious states. Just 23% of their residents residents are “very religious,” according to Gallup.
“It appears there is something about the culture and normative structure of a state, no doubt based partly on that state’s history, that affects its residents’ propensity to attend religious services and to declare that religion is important in their daily lives,” Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor in chief, wrote in an analysis of the results.