Pew Forum: 112th Congress Mostly Protestant

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The sea of new faces on Capitol Hill has had little effect on the religious composition of the 112th Congress, according to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.
     
Similar to the general U.S. population, the new Congress is mostly comprised of Protestants. Researchers found there is more representation among Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Jews in Congress than in the country in general.

The greatest difference between the public and their representatives was evident in the percentage of those claiming to be atheist, agnostic, or "nothing in particular."
     
While 16 percent of American adults said they have no particular faith, lawmakers made no such claim. Only six of those lawmakers failed to specify exactly what their religious affiliation is.

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