More than 40 percent of Idaho legislators identify themselves as Protestant. That’s in-line with religious affiliation for Idaho’s general population, which according to a 2008 survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, found 38 percent of Idahoans identify as Protestant. … At least 36 percent of Idaho’s legislators identify themselves with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That’s compared to 23 percent of Idaho’s total population. Conversely, there is a larger percentage of Catholics living in Idaho, than there are representing constituents in the Legislature. Eighteen percent of Idahoans say they’re Catholic, 8 percent of legislators self-identify as Catholic/Emilie Ritter Saunders, StateImpact. More here. (AP file photo of Mormon pioneer Brigham Young)
Question: Are you surprised to discover that the Mormon religion is over-represented — and the Catholic Church under-represented — in the Idaho Legislature demographically?