A new poll shows that Pope Francis’ popularity dipped slightly among US adults in general but has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago.
The poll, by St Leo University Polling Institute in Florida, asked 1,001 respondents if their opinion of the pope was strongly favourable, somewhat favourable, somewhat unfavourable, or not at all favourable.
The pope’s popularity dipped slightly from 65.5 per cent in September to 62.6 per cent in November. Among Catholic adults, his 85.8 per cent popularity was up from the 84.2 per cent two months before but down from the 87.5 per cent rating he was given in June.
Marc Pugliese, an assistant professor of theology and religion at St Leo University, said the bump might be from the attention to the pope as the Year of Mercy was coming to a close.
The pope’s highest popularity rating, from this polling group, was at 75.8 per cent in September 2015 just after his visit to the United States.
Picture: Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, leave Independence Hall after the pope gave an address about religious liberty and immigration in Philadelphia on 26th September 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).