capitolfaith400With the new congress now sworn in, it is interesting to note the religious preferences this group of legislators identifies with, and a recent Pew survey has all the numbers. Although both chambers are now controlled by Republicans, there is actually little change from the previous congress’s religious beliefs.

The overwhelming majority of lawmakers identify as Christian – more than 9 out of 10 to be exact. Of these, the majority are Protestant (57%).

How do the numbers compare to those of the American public? There are more Protestants, Catholics, and Jewish members of congress, percentage-wise, than in the country’s population. Most other religions are slightly under-represented in the legislature.

For the full breakdown, see pewforum.orgarrow2