Most people across the globe have a positive image of Pope Francis


Most people across the globe have a positive image of Pope Francis
2016-03-23 - press release (Switzerland)

Embargoed until 00:01 Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday, March 24, 2016 

 

A WIN/Gallup International poll shows that most people across the globe have a positive image of Pope Francis

 

WIN/Gallup International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling, has today published a global opinion poll conducted in 64 countries across the globe about the image of Pope Francis.

 

Headlines


  • 54% of the world´s population has a favourable opinion of Pope Francis, against 12% who hold an unfavourable opinion and 34% that do not know how to evaluate the Pope.
  • The regions where the positive image of the Pope is the highest are Latin America, North America and the European Union.
  • Among the 64 countries, the Pope´s image is highest in Portugal, the Philippines, Argentina and Italy.
  • Positive opinions of Pope’s Francis increases with age of respondents.

 

 

The image of Pope Francis

 

Citizens in 64 countries were asked: “Irrespective of your own religion, do you have a very favourable, somewhat favourable, somewhat unfavourable or very unfavourable opinion of Pope Francis?”

 

Five out of 10 respondents (54%) are favourable (very favourable, 24% and somewhat favourable, 30%). On the other hand, one out of 10 citizens (12%) hold an unfavourable opinion (somewhat unfavourable, 7% and very unfavourable, 5%) and 3 out of 10 (34%) are unable to pass a judgment about the Pope.

 

Jean-Marc Leger, President of WIN/Gallup International said “Pope Francis is a leader who transcends his own religion. Our study shows that an ample majority of citizens of the world, of different religious affiliations and across regions, have a favourable image of the Pope”.

 

For the full press release and regional insights, please click here.