Following his first visit to the United States as spiritual leader of the world’s Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI is viewed more favorably than he was a few weeks before his trip. 61% of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the pope, up from 52% in late March. The pope receives much better ratings [...]
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics have a positive impression of Pope Benedict XVI, but most see the Church he leads as out of touch with their views and few approve of the way the clergy sex abuse scandal has been handled.
Three-fifths of Pennsylvania Catholics surveyed just before a presidential primary said the economy would most influence their vote; half said government serving the common good influenced their vote. More than half would support a candidate who stands for their values.
Two weeks before his first visit to the United States as spiritual leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI continues to be viewed favorably by a majority (52%) of Americans, which is virtually unchanged from August 2007 (50%). However, the pope remains unfamiliar to a relatively large number of Americans: Three-in-ten say they do [...]
The Pew Research Center has conducted several topical analyses using this data. Mormonism and Islam: Study gives insights into Americans’ views about Islam, Mormonism and Pope Benedict XVI; responses are broken down in terms of religious and political demographics. It also gives statistics on whether voters would vote for a Muslim or Mormon running for [...]