This Sunday, Pope John Paul II will be beatified, on a fast track to becoming a saint. According to the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, American Catholics are pleased at this move, but the rest of the country isn’t sure.
By 55% to 14%, American Catholics approve of declaring Pope John Paul II a saint. But the country overall is evenly divided.
John Paul II, who served as Pope for 27 years, is popular with both Catholics and non-Catholics. The same cannot be said for his successor. Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict II, but the country overall is divided.
Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the current and former heads of the Catholic Church?
Pope Benedict XVI
Very favorable (2003)
Pope John Paul II
College graduates actually dislike the current Pope: just 30% of them have a favorable view of the Pontiff, while 44% are unfavorable.
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