New pope, old challenges
Most American Catholics continue to see the Roman Catholic Church as out of touch, and a majority would like the Church to modernize its policies. Wide disapproval over the handling of sex abuse scandals remain. Read related article.
Source: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Mar. 7-10, 2013, among a random sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for the full survey and eight points for the sample of 201 Catholics. This survey was produced for The Washington Post by Capital Insight, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York.. By The Washington Post.