On Eve of Philly Visit, Pope’s Poll Numbers Decline

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Pope Francis’s polling numbers among Americans are at their lowest since he became pontiff two years ago — but what that mostly means is that he’s super-popular instead of stratospherically popular.

A new Gallup poll shows that 59 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the pope — down sharply from 76 percent during the last poll taken in February 2014.

While Pope Francis remains very popular with American Catholics — a 71 percent approval rating — there...

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