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How Religious Is Watsonville? Gallup Poll Rates the State of Faith

Does where you live make you more or less religious? Survey says ...

In God we trust? For the most part, yes.

According to an annual Gallup poll that tracks the state of religiousness in America, 40 percent of the nation was classified as “very religious” in 2012.

And while California has long been seen as a liberal bastion, in matters of faith we’re moderate. Poll results show:

  • 35 percent of us say we’re “very religious.”
  • 29 percent say we’re “moderately religious.”
  • 37 percent say we’re “nonreligious.”

Do these results ring true for Watsonville? Tell us in comments why or why not religion is an important part of your daily life.

Survey results are based on 1,000 interviews done in all but two states and the District of Columbia, according to Gallup. Participants were asked to say if religion is:

  • An important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week (very religious)
  • An important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services (moderately religious)
  • Not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services (nonreligious)

The most religious state in the union continued to be Mississippi, with 58 percent of its residents identified as “very religious.” The least religious state was Vermont, with 19 percent of residents falling into that category.

Want to know how all states ranked? Read the State of the States online at Gallup Politics.

Steve Bankhead February 19, 2013 at 05:31 PM
How religious is Watsonville? I can only answer for myself, but recently I've begun praying for it.
randy February 19, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It depends on how you define religious. If you are speaking in regards to my religious faith in God, then I will tell you I am very regions. I believe in salvation, I believe in prayer, and I have faith that God answers prayer. I also believe that when God answers prayer it may not be the answer I would like but know that HE did answer. Right now my prayers are for this fair city and for our youths that are being mislead.
unclebeto February 19, 2013 at 09:48 PM
"Praise the Lord and pass the ammo."
Cathy P. February 19, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I was baptized and raised Catholic. As an adult I was rebaptized in a non-Catholic faith. Today I am not "religious" and do not attend any church regularly. My belief today is that whether we are natural or supernatural in origin, we can give meaning to our lives by practicing love and morality. I am open to spiritual matters but am far from impressed by organized religion because religions continue to create barriers and hostility between people. And since many people acquire their beliefs through upbringing or social circumstances, we should not judge.
SB February 19, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Raised a Catholic. Went to Catholic grammar and high school. Married (and divorced) a jewish girl. Had 2 kids first. We call them Cashew.
Cathy P. February 20, 2013 at 01:14 AM
"Cashew" omg, I love it!
David H. Perez February 20, 2013 at 01:37 AM
As a child I went to church with my grandmother who was Pentecostal. I later made some friends in high school who were Jehovah's Witnesses and hung with them for a while. Then I attended a Catholic University, converted to Catholicism, and went on to earn two college degrees. These days I consider myself a recovered Catholic. I now prefer to live my life based on rational, scientific and supportable principals rather than fairy tales and magical thinking. I am also not into the organized religion thing that imposes guilt and mind control on people, and I am beyond disgusted by the rampant sexual abuse of children by clergy. Am I an atheist? Definitely not. The fact that we are even able to have this exchange proves the existence of a power greater than ourselves.
randy February 20, 2013 at 02:56 AM
@sb.. that is good. I told my 94 year old father who is a retired minister. He loved it. I like the saying "Going to church no more makes you a Christian than standing in a garage makes you a car" To be honest, I think religion is a personal item for each. It is choices we make
DixieY February 20, 2013 at 05:53 AM
I accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour when I was 12 yrs old. I have had my ups and downs thru the years, and my belief in the Bible and Jesus Christ has helped me thru many issues, I don't understand how people can make it thru these troubled times w/o God/Jesus/Holy Spirit guiding their lives.
Watzon McWats February 20, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Watsonville comes across as pretty darn religious to me. There's a church on just about every street corner, and I've never seen so many missionaries in any other city I've ever lived in. At least by SC county standards, I'd say Watsonville is very religious. I myself haven't been to church since I was a child. I guess you'd say I'm "not very religious", although I have no problem with any religion, so long as people are peaceful and it's not pushed on me (read the sign and stay off my porch please). Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, it's all good with me. Whatever floats your boat.
David H. Perez February 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Hey Watzon - good to see you back on the Patch offering your comments. I have missed you!
Watzon McWats February 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Thanks David! I read on and off and comment a bit less now. :-)
santiago ortiz February 21, 2013 at 02:34 AM
I was raised catholic and never learned anything the dude preached about. One day I went to Victory Outreach in San Jose and God spoke to me through the pastor. He said you will be mighty in Gods eyes. I now for a fact that God is for reals because I once was diagnosed with hep b and c and my liver was failing me so I gave my life to the Lord. One year later I had blood work done and all these that I mentioned were gone. No medication, just the word of God.

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