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56% See Pope Francis As Good PR for the Catholic Church

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Most Americans, especially Catholics, have a favorable opinion of Pope Francis, and believe he’s improved public perceptions of the Catholic Church. But while many Catholics agree he shares their general views and values, those of other faiths are not so sure.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 61% of American Adults view Pope Francis at least somewhat favorably, including 29% who view him Very Favorably. Just 12% share an unfavorable opinion of the pope whose papacy began in March, including three percent (3%) who view him Very Unfavorably. Nine percent (9%) have never heard of Pope Francis, with another 17% undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on December 5-6, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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