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Pope remains popular with American public, poll shows

January 18, 2017

Pope Francis has maintained his high approval ratings among Americans, a new Pew Research poll finds.

The survey found that 70% of all respondents give the Pope a favorable rating, with only 19% viewing him unfavorably. Those figures are up from March 2013, at the start of his pontificate, when 57% gave him a favorable rating.

Among Catholics the Pope’s standing is even higher, with 87% giving him a favorable rating.


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 18, 2017 8:11 PM ET USA

    Yup, a favorable rating with empty pews. Something more empty than the pews methinks.