It’s always fun when new statistical research confirms something Via Meadia already believes. We’ve written earlier about the wave of poor and ignorant atheists pollsters say is sweeping America. Now come the latest Gallup findings on wellbeing, which report that religious Americans are happy Americans:
Very religious Americans of all major faiths have higher overall wellbeing than do their respective counterparts who are moderately religious or nonreligious. This relationship, based on an analysis of more than 676,000 interviews as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, is statistically significant after controlling for major demographic and regional variables.
See the numbers here. In sum, according to Gallup’s research, the more religious you are, the healthier, happier and otherwise blessed you will be. (Except for Jews, who pollsters say are just blessed, period, regardless of how observant they are or aren’t.)
A dark suspicion rises in Via Meadia‘s group mind: Is it possible that all those people out in the boonies are clinging merrily to their guns and their Bibles?