American Catholics and non-Catholics have a positive impression of Pope Francis, including a majority of those who have negative views of the church itself. Big majorities approve of the direction Francis is leading the church; two-thirds of Catholics believe he is changing church policies on important issues. Despite Francis’ strong advocacy on economic and environmental issues, 14 percent of Americans say he should be less active on these issues.


Source: This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Sept. 7-10, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish on landlines and cellphones. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is 7.5 points among the sample of 218 self-identified Catholics. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York. | The Washington Post September 20, 2015
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