Where Congress is really unrepresentative

So, I was covering religion and public opinion in class yesterday and was somewhat surprised how little my students knew about Evangelical vs. mainline, etc., but it proved to be a great teaching opportunity that led to some really good class discussions.  One of the big take-aways was the growth in the number of secular Americans with no religious affiliation.

Anyway, somewhat randomly last night, then, I came across this Pew Report that looked at the religion of those in Congress versus the American public.  And, whoa, are Christians way over-represented and unaffiliated way under-represented:

Christians overrepresented in Congress

Also, for what it’s worthy I strongly suspect a good number of those “Christians” (especially of those “unspecified/other”) are actually “unaffiliated” but have decided that they best be “Christian” for running for office.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Where Congress is really unrepresentative

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Look at the Supreme Court: Harvard: Roberts, Gorsuch, Breyer, Kagan, Yale::Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kavenaugh. Columbia: Ginsburg Other: None.

    Catholics: Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Sotomayor, Kavenaugh, Gorsuch (Episcopalian but raised Catholic).
    Jewish: Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan.
    Protestant: None
    Athiests and Agnostics: None
    Muslims: None
    Other: None

    Shocking lack of diversity.

  2. itchy says:

    One caveat:

    “One of the big take-aways was the growth in the number of secular Americans with no religious affiliation.”

    Which means mostly younger people.

    Congress is mostly old people. How does their representation compare to people of the same age makeup? What would the right column on this chart have looked like 25-40 years ago?

    (And, in 25-40 years, what will Congress look like? Hmm.)

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