Wednesday, February 11, 2009
What Alabamians and Iranians Have in Common: "Are Americans among the most religious people in the world? The answer depends on which 'world' you're talking about. If you're referring to the entire planet, the answer is plainly 'no.' In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Gallup asked representative samples in 143 countries and territories whether religion was an important part of their daily lives. The accompanying map shows religiosity by country, ranging from the least religious to the most religious on a relative basis. Across all populations, the median proportion of residents who said religion is important in their daily lives is 82%. Americans fall well below this midpoint, at 65%."