Gallup: American Conservatives Turn On Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ popularity among American conservatives has plummeted since early 2014, a new Gallup poll finds. The dramatic drop among conservatives mirrors a broader, but-far-less-steep drop in the pope’s popularity among all Americans.

The pope’s favorability rating among conservatives shrunk from 72 percent in February 2014 to 45 percent now, Gallup found in its poll released Wednesday. Moderates and liberals also cooled somewhat with Francis, but a majority in both groups still view him positively. His favorability among moderates decreased from from 79 to 71 percent, and among liberals from 82 to 68 percent.

Overall, Francis has an favorability rating of 59 percent, down from 76 percent the February 2014 survey. “The pontiff’s rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope,” Gallup reported.

Gallup’s telephone survey of 1,009 adults nationwide was conducted July 8-12, 2015. It has a margin of error of four points.

The pope has drawn the ire of some Republicans for releasing a sweeping encyclical decrying climate change, supporting President Obama’s move to revive relations with Cuba and criticizing conservative economic policies. However, while he has softened the Church’s language dealing with some social issues, Pope Francis continued its opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion.

Gallup’s poll comes ahead of the pope’s plans in September to address a joint session of Congress for the first time in history.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: