How U.S. Catholics View Pope Francis: In Their Own Words
Fully 85% of adult Catholics in the U.S. say they have a favorable view of Pope Francis. We wanted to understand a little more about the popularity of the pope, so we asked respondents if they would be willing to elaborate on their answers to our survey questions.
No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics
The pope’s popularity hasn’t yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.
Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues
The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say it’s important for Pope Francis to tackle Vatican reform
Most Catholics say reforming the Vatican is an important priority for Pope Francis.
Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.
U.S. Catholics Give Pope Francis Favorable Ratings
Six months into his papacy, Pope Francis is rated favorably by 79% of U.S. Catholics. Just 4% say they have an unfavorable view of the pope, while 17% express no opinion or say they have not heard enough about Francis to have an opinion.
Catholic leaders urge immigration reform
Some Catholic leaders have thrown their support behind changes in immigration laws, a position that is in line with the views of many U.S. Catholics.
American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal
As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.
Many American Catholics at odds with Vatican on homosexuality
Four-in-ten Catholics say there is “a lot” of conflict between their personal religious beliefs and homosexuality.
U.S. Catholics Express Favorable Views of Pope
Pope Francis is viewed much more favorably by U.S. Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate.