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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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.
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.
@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.
@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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