When 350,000 people were asked "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" 65% answered 'Yes."

Found via the Gallup Poll.

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Comment by Joshua D. on July 14, 2014 at 11:06pm
Oh and texas kept the heat from winning two nba titles.

Comment by Davis Goodman on July 14, 2014 at 11:26pm

Did you notice the "oil/gold/diamond blessed" disclaimer? The same goes for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Nigeria. Wealthy because of oil. And that wealth does not necessarily equal a high standard of living either and certainly not a robust economy.

Alberta, Texas, Qatar and the UAE are certainly robust economically and their wealth doesn't rely on oil to the extent that it once did but their economies were certainly ignited by an extreme reliance on a resource rather than solid economic planning.

I also said it's a notable correlation and that the relationship between wealth and religiosity is striking .. not that it is a given.

Comment by Joshua D. on July 14, 2014 at 11:51pm
There is more that contributes to The states growing economy than just resources.

It's a pretty big pro-business state. No corporate income taxes etc..

To reduce the states success to simply natural gas/oil/wind is wrong.
Religion probably has little to do with any states success but rather it's geographic and political climates.

Economic planning has been a big reason why Texas has been successful.

I don't understand the knee jerk response that wants to blame the worlds ills on religion.

Texas doesn't pump oil nearly as much as it used too. Wind is the name of the game nowadays.

I don't necessarily agree with the model texas has, I believe it encourages corporationism, but oil alone isn't the reason it does so well.
Comment by Joshua D. on July 14, 2014 at 11:54pm
Well it appears I didn't read you post close enough. Sorry sir. I see what you're saying now.
Comment by Stutz on July 15, 2014 at 3:03am

I'm also in Oregon, and I think the way of things here is that a large majority do consider themselves to believe in God and have some sort of spiritual life, but it is absolutely true that it is not an important part of most people's daily lives. The majority don't attend church, and there is a definite reluctance to talk about religion in everyday interaction. There's a sense that it's more of a personal thing and we wouldn't want to offend anyone by bringing it up in casual company.

There is also a big urban-rural divide. The majority of the population is in the Portland metro area and the Willamette Valley cities. Much of the southern and eastern sections of the state are very, very conservative. There's even a noticeable country accent you won't hear in the metro areas except for Medford, which is sort of like our Bible Belt city.

Comment by Dienekes on July 15, 2014 at 9:11am

@Stutz - I hear ya.  I was born raised in eastern Or (Burns, Prineville) and there is definitely a different mindset over there.  Definitely more conservative and a LOT more religiosity.

Comment by Stutz on July 18, 2014 at 7:59pm

@Dienekes - I live in Portland but I love the area just north of Burns on the way to Delintment Lake. I've spent a lot of time getting lost in those canyons. I've also experienced some of the local flavor in a Burns bar, and yes, it's not the type of crowd you'd find in a city. But still friendly and recognizably Oregonian, I think.


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