Pope Francis' Approval Rating Nosedives Among Conservatives

A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year.
The drop is even more marked among conservatives, 72 percent of which viewed him in a favorable light in 2014. GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush told supporters at the time, “I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope."
Among liberals, Francis’ favorability rating dropped from 82 percent to 68 percent; among moderates, it dropped from 79 percent to 71 percent.