New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability drops among Americans

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July 28, 2015

Pope Francis smiles on board papal plane during his return to Rome from Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. New Gallup poll shows pope's favorability has dropped among Americans. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See GALLUP-POPE July 28, 2015.

Pope Francis smiles on board papal plane during his return to Rome from Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. New Gallup poll shows pope’s favorability has dropped among Americans. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Is the honeymoon with Pope Francis over for Americans?

A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is now about 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014 and close to the 58 percent rating Americans gave him when he was elected pope in March 2013.

Sixteen percent of respondents in a poll conducted July 8-12 gave him an unfavorable rating, compared to 9 percent in 2014. Twenty-five percent now say they have no opinion or have never heard of him.

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