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Old 05-17-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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Graphic of religions in the United States

I received an interesting email this morning from a friend. It's from USA Today and is a graphic of the various religions throughout the United States and is depicted by state. If you are interested you can google the site at www.usatoday.com/news/graphics/pew-religion-08/flash.htm

Edited to add that this post is not intended to start any serious discussion on religion. It's just something I had never seen before and thought the forum might be interested.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #2
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Not sure about that.
So many of the states are based on just a few hundred random phone calls.
I suspect the margin of error is higher than they indicate.
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Dunno, Brau. There are patterns that I recognize.

Where is AK and HI?
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That was very interesting. I hadn't seen anything like that before. I was surprised by some of the findings.
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Seems about right for my jurisdiction. Lots of "evangelical protestants".
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I don't know about this. It says there are 1% Jehovah Witnesses in Texas. I think is see more of them than any other religion.
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If "unaffiliated" meants "atheist," then that percentage is consistent with what I read about that growing trend over the years.
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I don't think one can assume that unaffiliated = atheist. Just because you don't subscribe to a particular faith doesn't mean that you have none.
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The report says that unaffiliated is basically everyone else not in one of the other categories -- athiests, agnostics, nothing in particular...

I also suspect that there are likely people who are culturally in a particular group or who grew up in a group and would self identify as being Catholic, or Jewish, or Protestant, etc. but might be non-believers.
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I knew there were a lot of Mormons in Utah... but I had no idea it was over 50%
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Dunno, Brau. There are patterns that I recognize.

Where is AK and HI?
I suspect that, as often happens, they are forgotten. So annoying.
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Where is AK and HI?
Who?
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Who?
Exactly!

You know, those "red headed step-child" territories that think they are really as good as REAL states. OK, OK, I don't live there any more so I'll climb down from my soapbox and stop ranting about people forgetting Hawaii is a state... after all, it's only been a state for 53 years by now...
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Pew Research is a serious place. They list the communications staff on the website so I sent a note to the Communications Director. We'll see...
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Pew Research is a serious place. They list the communications staff on the website so I sent a note to the Communications Director. We'll see...
Wow, thanks! It hadn't occurred to me to try that.
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Did you ask them about the omission of Alaska and Hawaii data or the other issues we have raised here, or both?

Thanks for pursuing this with them nonetheless.
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I have family at Pew. I'll find out.

edit: any other questions before I call her?
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Thanks, jennypenny.
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Did you ask them about the omission of Alaska and Hawaii data or the other issues we have raised here, or both?

Thanks for pursuing this with them nonetheless.
I only asked about the map. It is possible some of the questions raised here are in the full report (148 pages) here

jennypenny, thanks.
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Where is AK and HI?
This is exactly what I say in anticipation of a Final Jeopardy question about the 50 states. Alaska, Hawaii and sometimes Rhode Island seem to come up a lot.
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