September 3, 2015 - More Americans Say Church Is Going Their Way, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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Americans like Pope Francis as 18 percent have a "very favorable" opinion of him and 48 percent have a "favorable" opinion, with 10 percent "unfavorable" and 4 percent "very unfavorable," according to a Quinnipiac University National poll released today.

A total of 69 percent of women, 63 percent of men, 61 percent of Protestants, 87 percent of Catholics and 63 percent with no religion have a "very favorable" or "favorable" opinion, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

The Catholic Church of today is moving in the right direction, Americans say 43 - 21 percent. Catholics say "right direction" 70 - 16 percent, compared to 36 - 24 percent among Protestants and 44 - 22 percent among those with no religion.

The gender gap widens as Catholics say 52 - 38 percent that Catholic Church leaders are in touch with the views of Catholics in America today. Women say 57 - 34 percent that Church leaders are in touch. Men are divided 47 - 44 percent.

"Pope Francis is sparking a resurgent confidence in the Catholic Church as more Catholics, Protestants and those with no religion believe the Vatican is steering The Church in the right direction," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

From August 20 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,829 American adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. The survey includes 424 Catholics with a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

99. (Adults) Is your opinion of Pope Francis very favorable, favorable, unfavorable, or very unfavorable?
                     ADULTS............................................................
                                          RELIGION..........   AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Prot   Cath   None   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very favorable       18%    15%    21%    14%    33%    17%    11%    19%    21%    22%
Favorable            48     48     48     47     54     46     50     50     46     48
Unfavorable          10     12      7     13      5      9      8     10     11     12
Very unfavorable      4      6      3      5      2      2      5      4      5      4
DK/NA                20     18     21     20      6     25     26     18     17     14
 
                     ADULT CATHOLICS..................
                                          ATTEND SRVCS
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Weekly Less
 
Very favorable       33%    28%    37%    50%    26%
Favorable            54     55     52     41     59
Unfavorable           5      8      3      5      5
Very unfavorable      2      3      1      1      2
DK/NA                 6      6      6      3      7
 
 
100. (Adults) In general, do you think the Catholic Church of today is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?
                     ADULTS............................................................
                                          RELIGION..........   AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Prot   Cath   None   18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Right direction      43%    42%    44%    36%    70%    44%    44%    43%    47%    42%
Wrong direction      21     25     18     24     16     22     19     25     22     20
DK/NA                35     33     38     39     14     34     37     32     31     38
 
                     ADULT CATHOLICS..................
                                          ATTEND SRVCS
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Weekly Less
 
Right direction      70%    62%    76%    80%    66%
Wrong direction      16     24     11      8     19
DK/NA                14     14     13     11     14
 
 
101. (Adult Catholics) In general, do you think that Catholic Church leaders are in touch with the views of Catholics in America today, or are they out of touch?
                     ADULT CATHOLICS..................
                                          ATTEND SRVCS
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Weekly Less
 
In touch             52%    47%    57%    68%    47%
Out of touch         38     44     34     22     44
DK/NA                 9      9     10      9      9
 
 
 

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