(Southaven, MS) People in Mississippi have made it clear, religion is very important to them.
“It’s probably the most important thing in my life,” said Jane Tullos.
In fact, 59 percent of people in Mississippi would call themselves very religious. It’s a number that Tullos says might be a little inflated.
“I think there is a lot of people also that may consider themselves Christian, but they don’t live it,” said Tullos. “They don’t walk the talk.”
In a different list last year, Mississippi ranked first as the most obese state in the country.
“I don’t know but that’s sad. I think we’re lazy. I know I am,” said Tullos. “I need to exercise more and I don’t. I don’t know that you can correlate the two other than the fact that it’s not or priority,” she added.
What is a priority to people like Luvenia Oatis, is to not only have faith, but to live by it.
“The faith in God to help me treat my fellow man right and myself right is far more important, but I use that faith in everything and I can’t see that everybody understands that,” said Oatis.
According to the poll, Arkansas is ranked the fifth most religious state in the country and Tennessee came in seventh.
The least religious state is Vermont, where only 23 percent called themselves very religious.