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Pew Research: The Religious Makeup of the 114th Congress

7. jan. 2015

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Faith on the Hill

The Religious Composition of the 114th Congress

When the new, 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015, Republicans will control both chambers of the legislative body for the first time since the 109th Congress (2005-2006). Yet, despite the sea change in party control, there is relatively little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. More than nine-in-ten members of the House and Senate (92%) are Christian, and about 57% are Protestant, roughly the same as in the 113th Congress (90% and 56%, respectively).1About three-in-ten members (31%) are Catholic, the same as in the previous Congress.

Protestants and Catholics continue to make up a greater percentage of the members of Congress than of all U.S. adults. Pew Research surveys find that, as of 2013, 49% of American adults are Protestant, and 22% are Catholic.

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Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations

The tables below list the religious affiliation of each of the members to be sworn into the 114th Congress on Jan. 6, 2015. Data were compiled by CQ Roll Call and the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.

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History of Clergy in Congress

In 1983, the Vatican officially revised canon law to say that “Clerics are forbidden to assume public offices which entail a participation in the exercise of civil power.

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Et udvalg af grafer og tabeller er herunder:

The Religious Makeup of the 114th Congress
Changed in the Religious Makeup of Congress (1961-2015)
How the 114th Congress Compares With the General Public
Religious Makeup of the 114th Congress by Party Affiliation