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Poll: Pope Francis Favorability Rating 92 Percent Among Catholics

Catholic Church not a democracy. Also, duh?

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On the day he was named Time magazine's Person of the Year, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll marks Pope Francis' almost unanimous popularity among American Catholics – as well as the continued recovery in their views of the church itself since the worst of its pedophile scandals a decade ago.

Nine months after his elevation to the papacy, a remarkable 92 percent of Catholics in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of Pope Francis, 16 percentage points more than said so about Pope Benedict XVI early this year.