Christians are Overrepresented in Congress

Wednesday, January 07, 2015
(graphic: Steve Straehley, AllGov)

The U.S. population currently is 73% Christian, but they’re overrepresented in Congress, according to the Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project. A survey found that 92% of the members of the House and Senate belong to a Christian denomination. That’s even a higher percentage than in the last session, but Congress lost five Jews, one Buddhist and one unaffiliated member, according to Cliff Weathers at AlterNet.


The largest bloc now is made up of Protestants (57%), followed by Catholics (31%). Among the Protestants, there are Baptists (15%), Methodists (8.4%), Anglicans/Episcopalians (7.7%), Presbyterians (6.7%) and Lutherans (5%).


The next largest religious group is Jews, whose 28 adherents make up only 5% of Congress. There are also two Buddhists, two Muslims, one Hindu, one Unitarian Universalist and several others who are unaffiliated or declined to respond.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

It's 2015 and Congress Is Almost Entirely Made Up of White Christian Men (by Cliff Weathers, AlterNet)

Faith on the Hill (Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project)

With the Defeat of Eric Cantor, Congress Loses its only Jewish Republican (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)

Who’s Underrepresented in Congress? Baptists, Pentecostals and “No Religion” (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)


Sean 9 years ago
As a kid I remember being taught about communism. It was explained that the state decided what you would ultimately do with your life. You want to act, no, we need carpenters, bakers, etc. The choices were made for the good of the state. Now Pew does a poll about the personal epistemology of members elected to Congress, weighs it against the overall members of the ever shifting US population, and it's presented as if an affirmative action like change is needed. However, last time I checked these members of Congress were ELECTED by THE PEOPLE. The US Republic / Style form of Democracy has been the envy of the world for quite some time. I'm all for more sunshine in politics, but democracy "don't tread on this." no more social engineering - you win you get in, you lose, regroup and try again, but whomever the electorate chooses is who they chose.

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