Number of the Day: 66%

May 16, 2013 | Number of The Day

About 66 percent of New Jerseyans say they believe in God with absolute certainty, below the national average of 71 percent, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life of the Pew Research Center.

The Center reports that more than 90 percent of Americans say they believe in God or some universal spirit, but a much smaller percentage are willing to say it with an “absolute” certainty.

New Jersey’s 66 percent ranks it 35th among states. Southern states such as Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas are the five states at the top of the rankings, while New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine were the least certain of God’s existence.