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View Poll Results: Which states are most evangelical/conservative/traditional-friendly
California 3 4.69%
Texas 39 60.94%
Arizona 6 9.38%
Colorado 14 21.88%
New Hampshire 2 3.13%
Minnesota 5 7.81%
Ohio 4 6.25%
Virginia 16 25.00%
Kentucky 28 43.75%
Pennsylvania 5 7.81%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 05-12-2007, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Well, since there have been threads on the most hippie/granola/gay cities, I guess it couldn't hurt to make yet another splash into the identity politics pool with this question: What states are most friendly, legislatively, politically, and culturally, to evangelicals and other people of faith?

I'm intentionally leaving out some obvious southern states like Tennessee because, well, they are obvious--and appropriately part of the 'Bible Belt.'

I suppose the criteria should be open-ended, but I would recommend using church-attendance, family values, crime, evangelical organizations, voting trends, family size, and general culture as a guide.

Please choose your top-3.
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Okay I voted but it's all just a guess. Kentucky would be the number one choice but I picked out 3 states.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Virginia may be more liberal than it used to be, but its still very much the Bible Belt.

The 700 Club is based in Virginia Beach. Both Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are from Virginia.

There are tons and tons of Baptist churches, and Baptist Seminary is in Richmond as are other Theological schools.

The only area of Virginia that isn't very church going are places like Arlington and Fairfax county. But those haven't been part of Virginia for years anyway.
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Old 05-12-2007, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I voted for Texas. We had friends who lived there who said if you said something was "against your religion", that was acceptable 100% of the time.
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Old 05-12-2007, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Arizona is more of a Barry Goldwater-style Republican state than a Bible Belt Republican state. There are many evangelical Christians here, but I don't think any more than any other state. The only thing distinctive about AZ religiously is a large presence of Mormons-- who maybe aren't evangelical, but are certainly "conservative and traditional-friendly."
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Old 05-13-2007, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Arizona is more of a Barry Goldwater-style Republican state than a Bible Belt Republican state. There are many evangelical Christians here, but I don't think any more than any other state. The only thing distinctive about AZ religiously is a large presence of Mormons-- who maybe aren't evangelical, but are certainly "conservative and traditional-friendly."
Interesting. Looks like Arizona isn't doing too well on the poll--so I'll bet you're right.
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Old 05-13-2007, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Mississippi is another state, Tupelo is the home of the American Family Association run by Rev. Don Wildmon. We are a very consertative state as well as being part of the heart of the Southern Baptist Belt.

Tennessee and Lousiana, heck most all the Southern states would classify as well.
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Old 05-14-2007, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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I'd actually go with Utah on this. As I see it, the Mormons figure that if you're not Mormon, at least you're a conservative Christian and that counts for something. The state government is completely dominated by conservative Christians. It's also a beautiful state. Stunning scenery.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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I'd actually go with Utah on this. As I see it, the Mormons figure that if you're not Mormon, at least you're a conservative Christian and that counts for something. The state government is completely dominated by conservative Christians. It's also a beautiful state. Stunning scenery.
Yeah. Utah, Colorado, Idaho--most of the intermountain west is a lot like that.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:34 AM
 
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TEXAS for sure...not sure about how the rest are as of today, I know many southern states used to be very conservative, I do think that has changed alot in the last decade or so!
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