US delivers poll rebuff to Pope Francis

July 23, 2015 11:47 pm

 The
’s popularity is down to where it stood in 2013, when he was
elected leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman ,
according to a Gallup poll. Photo / Getty

will travel to the in two months, but a
poll suggests his popularity in the country is waning, especially among
conservative Catholics.
The Pope’s popularity is down to where it
stood in 2013, when he was elected leader of the 1.2 billion-member
Roman Catholic Church, according to a Gallup poll.
The Pontiff’s
overall approval ratings among a random sampling of adults slid to 59
per cent from 76 per cent early last year.
Favourable ratings among Catholic conservatives dropped from 72 to 45 per cent.
Gallup
said the fall might be because US conservatives are turned off by the
Pope’s progressive stance on issues such as climate change and income
equality – “issues that are at odds with many conservatives’ beliefs”.

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