and is then compared against the percentage instances of divorce, teen pregnancy, and out of wedlock births. no surprise that the states with the most of those are those states with the highest percentage of residents that responded to the poll by saying that religion was very important in their daily lives and that the states with the lowest rates of those are those states with the lowest number of residents responding that religion was important to their daily lives.
a closer look at the numbers here
now yes, correlation doesn't equal causation but it's still eye opening that the states with the highest religiosity are also those who divorce more often, have more teen pregnancies, and who have more children out of wedlock while the states with the lowest religiosity are those states with the lowest instances of same.
and this isn't just a state to state American phenomenon. it's an international one too. countries with the highest percentage of their citizens professing atheism/agnosticism are those with the healthiest societies by several measures.
why then do religious people continue to insist that their conservative christian values are the best way to lead a healthy moral happy life?