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Republicans now outnumber Democrats among Catholics in US House of Representatives

January 23, 2015

In the 114th Congress, Catholic Republicans outnumber Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives, 69 to 68, the Pew Research Center reports.

Although the margin is minimal, the trend is noteworthy, the Pew study observes, because Democrats have traditionally outnumbered Republicans among the Catholic members of Congress. When the 111th Congress convened in 2009, there were 98 Catholic Democrats and only 37 Catholic Republicans in the House.

While Republican gains in the most recent elections account for some of the shift, Pew also reports that the percentage of Catholics among House Republicans has risen significantly: from 21% in 2009 to 28% today.

The Pew study was based on the House members’ own reporting of their religious affiliations.

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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Jan. 24, 2015 9:05 PM ET USA

    Maybe,just maybe,Catholics are beginning to realize,as did the late Bishop Povish of Lansing, a true Democrat stronghold,that present-day Democrats are not their fathers' Democrats, but vote for abortion killings,assisted suicide,gay marriage, against religious rights,and strongly against Catholic teachings. Now if only our present-day bishops realized that and were not deluded by their pseudo "pro-immigrant, pro-peace, pro-poor" gurglings that have not kept the peace or helped the poor a bit!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 23, 2015 6:45 PM ET USA

    Oh great! And what a good start the Republicans are off to by canceling the vote to limit abortions after the 20th week.