Move over Donald — Pope has higher approval ratings

“Move over Donald Trump – Pope Francis’ approval ratings are much higher,” the Catholic News Agency is reporting.

“Pope Francis can look forward to a warm welcome in the United States this week, from both Catholic and non-Catholic Americans.

“A new Rasmussen Reports poll of 1,000 Americans has the Holy Father’s total approval rating at 60 percent, half of which viewed him ‘Very Favorably.’ The news comes just one day before his scheduled arrival in Washington, D.C.

“The rating is even higher among American Catholics, who gave him a 78 percent approval rating, 48 percent of which reporting a ‘Very Favorable’ view. Sixty-five percent of U.S. Catholics said the Pope has been good for the Church, compared to just 15 percent who believe he’s had a negative impact.

The impressive rating makes him the envy of the less favorably viewed, including Obama, Donald Trump, and, well, most other political figures at this time. Or most times.

“ust 23 percent view Pope Francis unfavorably, though this number has doubled since December 2013, when the newly-elected Francis enjoyed a disapproval rating of only 12 percent. Only eight percent of the overall 23 percent reported a ‘Very Unfavorable’ opinion. Some Americans – 17 percent – remained undecided.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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