Pope Francis’ approval ratings slump sharply in US, led by conservative dismay

Jul 22, 2015

by David Gibson

Growing conservative disaffection with Pope Francis appears to be taking a toll on his once Teflon-grade popularity in the U.S., with a new Gallup poll showing the pontiff’s favorability rating among all Americans dropping to 59 percent from a 76 percent peak early last year.

Among conservatives the dropoff has been especially sharp: just 45 percent view Francis favorably today as opposed to 72 percent a year ago.

“This decline may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality — all issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs,” Gallup analyst Art Swift wrote Wednesday (July 22) when the survey was published.

But liberal fervor for the Argentine pope, who was elected to great acclaim in March 2013, has also cooled, dropping an average of 14 points.

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20 comments on “Pope Francis’ approval ratings slump sharply in US, led by conservative dismay

  • It looks like people are coming back to reality here and know that one religious tyrant is pretty much like another.

    My approval rating was always 10^-15 for this and all other popes.

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  • Just reinforces how many “Christians” want little or nothing to do with the alleged teachings of the person they purport to follow. Turn the other cheek, give to the poor, care for the sick etc….if Jesus did come back and start spouting that stuff his approval ratings would be lower than they were among the crowd outside Pilate’s house.

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  • Holy Jo’s obviously a ‘socialist’ just like George W. Bush and Hank Paulson, as they poured all that government money into AIG in 2008 !

    As for the Pope he has the unenviable job of speaking up for the poor, whilst realising that the reality of capitalism means the staus quo, with some 85 individuals owning the same amount of wealth as 3.5 billion people. Not that Holy Jo will ever starve, be short of a nice pair of shoes, or a tasty Argentinean steak. Business as usual for the RCC.

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  • The definition of a heretic is: “someone different from me”.
    That is why we have to learn to tolerate morons (defined as: “someone different from me”)
    Except where we share a non-belief, it is I think impossible to be a heretic or a moron about something it is impossible to trim, dissect, distort, extend, twist, invert, obscure, modify, codify or mystify.


    “His Holiness” (lol), looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy in the photo

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  • This decline may be attributable to the pope’s denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’ and attributing climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality — all issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs

    The Pope’s doing something right, then.

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  • Some observers have predicted that many who embraced the pope’s candor and his views on a range of social justice issues would temper their ardor as they realized he would not change church teachings on hot-button issues such as abortion or contraception or gay marriage


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  • Oh, he’s still sub-par, there’s no denying that. Furthermore, his climate change and anti-capitalist stances are probably motivated more by a religious contempt of modernity than by careful moral reasoning on his part. Still, these are three specific topics where at least his views are an improvement over the equivalent ones among the conservatives.

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  • Alan: knowledge, every bit of it, no matter how small, is gradually but inexorably driving humanity forward, and all religious leaders know it, but they can’t let on to their flocks.

    As Steven Weinberg says: “Science is gradually eating the lunch of religion.”

    Kepler 452 – b is yet another little nibble; and still no evidence of the big one; not even a hastily vacated, still warm, un-made bed.

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  • I’m struck by the irony (or is it inevitability?) that the attitudes making him out of favour with his flock in the US are good things:

    denouncing of ‘the idolatry of money’
    attributing climate change partially to human activity [er, so not entirely God?]
    focus on income inequality [however hypocritically, just airing the debate is good]

    Specifically on economics, it’s a puzzle to non-Americans why so many Americans (apparently) support the inequities of the status quo, and e.g. staunchly defend against any attempt to introduce a modern national health system like most of the rest of the developed world has, … when the majority of those opposed are probably acting against their own best interests.

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  • Who invented the world Religion?
    Is religious leader different from a political party leader, who has the ultimate aim of attracting a group of society. (For good or bad is a different debate).
    My rating for pope is +1 like any other religious leader in the world. Only helpless people need this business as starting line of Creator is helplessness.

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    Hernán says:

    I am from Argentina. In this country, 90% of the people are christian of some form and catholicism is the official state religion by our constitution. People like this pope aren’t very uncommon, though religious pastors tend to be very corrupt.

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  • If somebody believes that a Jesuit can be something different from a Jesuit, he or she is expecting a miracle.

    Pope Francis alias: a Jesuit acting as Francis.
    Francis alias: a medieval neurotic whose myth the Roman Catholic Church has exploited for inducing the populace to believe that the poverty is just fine.
    Here is a further confirmation of the real behavior of the RCC, in Italy there is a scandal that is called: “Crac Divina Provvidenza”:
    In that scandal some Catholic congregations were found to handle thirty million Euros as if they had been rewards for the waiter.
    The Catholic Church in Italy is continuing to drain about 6.5 billion Euros of public money every year.
    With the following link you can find the documented account of that draining:
    To try to dim their greed for money, here is the solution: the Francis-show! Every day on all media! Gratis!
    After some time also the Francis-show becomes boring.
    Even US’s citizens perceived that Francis-Show invasion.
    Next September in Washington we have to say NO to the Jesuits in politics!
    But why do the Occidental governments give so much credit to the Roman Catholic Church?
    It is a reaction to the credit the Islam has gained because of the large growth of its population and of its gold coming from the oil.
    So the Occidental governments want something to represent all over the world the best of the Occident. They want something that makes to perceive the Occident as an only thing. And they want a thing coming from a noble past. And what have they picked? Freedom of inquiry? Rationality? Science? NONE of these. They have picked … religion! And what a religion! They make some puppets in wood or in clay and they chant and pray (whatever it means) those puppets. (It is a strong slap on the face of all people that really constructed the development of the Occident.)
    And to promote “The Best of the Occident” here to you: the Francis-show. Hurray.

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  • Conservative Catholics have long complained about the Pope’s impotent attempts to meddle in the political, economic or social affairs of sovereign nations on behalf of progressive causes (while giving de facto support to Catholic dictatorships.) The media should expose the obvious. The Pope is not a politician with any elected or appointed authority over anyone. More precisely -whatever “moral” authority people believe he exercises over the conscience of billions of Catholics and non-Catholics worldwide- his pronouncements are usually nothing more than lip service platitudes with no practical political application except for those “Church Teachings” which take toxic form through oppressive alliances with atavistic governments to abridge gay rights and, more disastrously, the reproductive rights of women denied access to contraception and abortion. As for his puff platitudes on climate change and income inequality, he might as well be a twelve-year-old proclaiming online: “like all this bad stuff happening in the world is really, really a bummer.” Like, man, we already know that… You Bozo boob.

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  • I just hope the Vatican officials who make investments on behalf of the Holy See, have no investments in companies that are associated with, making products connected with artificial birth control, biological research, weaponry, etc. Tobacco, of course, is Kosher !

    Mysterious are the ways of the Lord.

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  • And … of course …

    When you have loads of money you can have loads of help to organize the Francis-show:

    And there is no problem to have loads of money when politicians are brought up in the following way:

    (see the picture)

    ISIS wants to kill our bodies.

    The Vatican seems to prefer to try to kill our minds.


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