Friday, March 9, 2018

Pew Research: Pope’s Performance Ratings Slip


Favorability ratings are not unimportant, but they lack specificity: they tell us nothing about a leader's performance on important issues. This is where Pope Francis' numbers have been slipping.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | Int'l Desk
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By Bill Donohue | March 7, 2018

Next week, Pope Francis will celebrate his fifth anniversary as pontiff. Fortunately, Pew Research Center has just published a survey of his tenure, giving us a good idea of how he is doing.

Most news reports are focusing on his high favorability rating—84 percent among Catholics—noting that Republican Catholics are slightly less inclined (79 percent) to see him that way. That analysis masks some deeper problems for the pope.

Regarding the pope's favorability rating, he compares well against his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, but fares poorly against Pope John Paul II. Unfortunately for Benedict, John Paul II was a hard act to follow—his favorability rating hit over 90 percent in the mid-1990s. Moreover, unlike Francis, the media never warmed to Benedict, and in some quarters were openly hostile.

Favorability ratings are not unimportant, but they lack specificity: they tell us nothing about a leader's performance on important issues. This is where Pope Francis' numbers have been slipping.


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