Survey Finds Pope Francis’ Popularity Plunging After Most Recent Abuse Scandals

Sep 19, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

Here’s some good news: Even Pope Francis, the recipient of all kinds of undeserved positive press, has seen his popularity plummet in the wake of the latest round of Catholic Church child sex abuse revelations.

Gallup notes that only 53% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the pope, down from 76% at his peak in early 2014, and in a virtual tie with the 52% rating he had when first elected to the position and no one knew much about him.

Among Catholics, however, his reputation hasn’t really wavered. It’s at 79% which represents something of a midpoint for him as far as his followers go. (The number has wavered between 71% and 89% over the years.)

Among non-Catholics, his favorability is at an all-time low of 45%.

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One comment on “Survey Finds Pope Francis’ Popularity Plunging After Most Recent Abuse Scandals”

  • @OP – Here’s some good news:
    Even Pope Francis, the recipient of all kinds of undeserved positive press, has seen his popularity plummet in the wake of the latest round of Catholic Church child sex abuse revelations.

    Despite all the promotional hype about the new salesman for the old product, in the age of mass communication, pontificating on Catholic dogmas, offers no solutions to the world’s practical problems!

    Among Catholics, however, his reputation hasn’t really wavered.
    It’s at 79% which represents something of a midpoint for him as far as his followers go.
    (The number has wavered between 71% and 89% over the years.)

    Which shows that those regularly fed regular doses of false claims of benefits from doctrines and dogmas, can maintain delusional biases which filter out actual information about effects (or lack of effects), of what is happening on the ground!



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