Regarding religious affiliation, 47% of Mississippians identify as evangelical Protestants compared with a U.S. average of 26%. So if it seems like we are surrounded by bible-thumping lunatics, it just might be because we are!
Only 6% of Mississippians are unaffiliated with a religious tradition, compared with 16% nationwide. However, the data suggest that many of these unaffiliated people are still believers. Only 1% of Mississippians indicate that they do not believe in a god, compared with a U.S. average of 5%. No wonder Mississippi is perceived as a hostile environment for atheists.
For the following comparisons, the first number if from our state, and the second number is the U.S. average.
- Importance of religion in one's life (82% "very important" vs. 56%)
- Belief in god (91% "absolutely certain" vs. 71%)
- Frequency of church attendance (60% at least weekly vs. 39%)
- Interpretation of scripture (64% literal vs. 33%)