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Polling: How Pope Francis, Catholic Church Fare Among Americans

On the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States, the pontiff’s standing among Catholics and other faiths is generally favorable, although his polls noted a slight dip in his popularity earlier this summer. Last month, the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute released a survey that found the pope’s popularity among Americans in general was significantly higher than that of the Catholic Church itself. The survey said 67 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of...

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