|[December 11, 2013]
Pope Francis is Popular - And Not Just Among Catholics
SAINT LEO, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
Pope Francis's approval rating has climbed to 61 percent among all
Americans, and 82 percent among American Catholics, according to a new
poll by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pontiff, was just named Time magazine's
Person of the Year for 2013 during the magazine's annual reveal on the TODAY
show on Wednesday morning.
Michael Anthony Novak, Saint Leo University assistant professor of
theology and religion, said that most American presidents would love to
have the papal approval rating reflected in the Saint Leo University
Polling Institute results.
Dr. Novak said he thinks the public's apparent fondness for Pope Francis
has to do with his open and accessible style. "Pope Francis just seems
to have the populist touch." Past Popes came up throuh a different
tradition within the centuries-old Catholic Church, Dr. Novak added, a
tradition that tended to convey a more formal style. With Pope Francis
and his decision, for instance, not to live in the papal apartment, "You
see a guy who refuses to be isolated."
When asked whether they agree with Pope Francis's emphasis on outreach,
social justice, and church ministry over issues such as abortion,
contraception, and sexual behavior, 65 percent of Americans say they
agree and just 14 percent disagree. Among Catholics, 78 percent say they
agree with the Pope's emphasis while 9 percent disagreed.
The data comes from the inaugural national survey conducted by the Saint
Leo University Polling Institute. The online survey of 1,002 adults was
conducted between December 1 and 6 and has a margin of error of about 3
About the Saint Leo University Polling Institute
The data is derived from the inaugural national survey conducted by the
Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The online survey of 1,002
adults was conducted between December 1 and 6 and has a margin of error
of about 3 percent. To view the national politics results, including
methodology, visit the polling institute's website. You can also follow
the institute on Twitter (News - Alert) @saintleopolls. Saint Leo's main website is www.saintleo.edu.
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