Michael Regan on What People in Connecticut Believe

Posted by Kendall Harmon

But except for a belief in God, Connecticut residents were notably less likely to say that these basic biblical concepts "absolutely" exist when compared with their national counterparts.

"Overall, about the same proportions of people in Connecticut allow for the existence of these religious icons - God, Satan, etc.," said Monika McDermott, research director at the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at UConn. "The big difference is that residents of Connecticut have some doubts that the rest of the country doesn't seem to have at the same level."

Although the 5 percentage point difference between state and national respondents who say that God "absolutely" exists is not statistically meaningful, McDermott said, in other categories the difference in levels of certainty is more significant than differences in overall belief levels.

Andrew Walsh, associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, isn't surprised by either of the poll's major findings: that basic religious beliefs are similar in Connecticut and the nation, and that those beliefs tend to be less certain here.

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Posted August 31, 2007 at 6:02 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Connecticutian wrote:

I think he’s summed it up fairly accurately.  There’s a fair bit of Christianity here, and a lot of religion.

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