April 23, 2005--Days after learning
the identity of their new spiritual leader, 50% of American
Catholics have a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI. A Rasmussen
Reports survey found that just 15% have an unfavorable opinion.
Fifty percent (50%) of American
Catholics believe it is more important for the Church to "stick to
the views that have guided it for centuries" rather than "change to
accommodate modern lifestyles." Thirty-eight percent (38%) take the
Evangelical Christians also have a
positive opinion of the new Pope--39% favorable and 13% unfavorable.
Among other Protestants, the numbers are 30% favorable and 14%
Those who are outside the Christian
faith have a less favorable view--23% favorable and 21% unfavorable.
Among all Americans who believe the
Bible is literally true and the Word of God, 41% have a favorable
opinion of the new Pope. Just 10% of these believers have an
Among those who do not believe the Bible
is literally true, 24% have a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict
while 35% have an unfavorable view.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of all
Americans believe the Bible is literally
true and is the Word of God. Forty-seven percent (47%)
pray every day or nearly every day.
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The telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April
21-22, 2005. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3
percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.