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Pope's popularity high among US Catholics

Catholic World News - September 12, 2013

American Catholics have an overwhelmingly favorable view of Pope Francis, a new Pew Forum survey shows.

The Pope was viewed favorably by 79% of the poll respondents, and unfavorably by only 4%; the remainder expressed no opinion. That 79% favorable rating is close to the highest ever recorded for Pope Benedict XVI (83%) in the Pew surveys, although it does not match the results for Pope John Paul II, who topped a 90% approval rating.

The Pew survey included both practicing and lapsed Catholics. Not surprisingly, the Pope is viewed more favorably by Catholics who attend Mass on a regular basis.

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