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State of the State

Just how big is God here in Virginia? About average. In a new Gallup poll, 69 percent of Virginians say God is important to them, in line with the national average of 65.

The Big Guy is especially popular in the southern states, getting an all-time high of popularity in Mississippi, where 85 percent of residents consider him a vital part of their lives.