Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20285
 
1Do you approve or disapprove of the job Pope Benedict XVI has done as Pope?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / ProtestaCatholicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Approve53%58%48%56%49%44%60%53%53%54%63%33%**47%60%52%55%54%52%52%57%44%
Disapprove22%22%23%17%24%30%19%20%24%20%21%38%**18%29%21%18%27%26%19%19%42%
Not Sure25%20%29%27%27%26%20%27%23%26%17%29%**35%11%28%27%19%22%29%24%14%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%16%29%32%40%60%80%8%9%2%37%34%29%42%38%17%35%42%17%
 
 
2Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month due to his advanced age. Were you surprised by the Pope's resignation?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / ProtestaCatholicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes65%70%61%70%58%58%71%65%65%68%47%48%**66%75%52%67%65%56%59%71%71%
No25%20%30%24%27%30%21%25%25%21%43%42%**25%22%30%22%29%26%30%23%17%
Not Sure10%11%9%6%15%13%8%10%10%10%10%10%**10%3%18%10%6%18%11%6%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%16%29%32%40%60%80%8%9%2%37%34%29%42%38%17%35%42%17%
 
 
3Is advanced age an acceptable reason for a Pope to resign?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / ProtestaCatholicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes76%80%72%90%81%68%69%86%68%78%80%53%**74%72%81%72%79%77%74%76%74%
No17%15%19%10%13%20%21%11%21%13%20%43%**17%23%9%18%16%19%16%19%18%
Not Sure8%5%9%0%6%12%10%2%11%9%0%4%**9%4%9%10%5%5%10%5%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%16%29%32%40%60%80%8%9%2%37%34%29%42%38%17%35%42%17%
 
 
4How much of a role should the current Pope have in the selection of the next Pope? A major role? A minor role? Or no role at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / ProtestaCatholicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Major Role30%31%29%49%29%24%21%41%23%32%25%11%**25%30%36%36%25%32%34%27%27%
Minor Role30%25%35%23%32%31%34%27%33%28%43%41%**30%27%33%25%39%26%22%38%30%
No Role At All36%40%33%28%35%38%41%31%40%36%32%44%**38%39%30%35%35%37%38%34%42%
Not Sure3%4%3%0%4%6%4%1%5%4%0%5%**6%3%0%4%1%5%7%1%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%16%29%32%40%60%80%8%9%2%37%34%29%42%38%17%35%42%17%
 
 
5How much of a role should the Pope continue to have with the Catholic Church after his resignation?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / ProtestaCatholicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Major Role17%18%15%17%25%16%12%20%14%18%17%0%**16%20%12%21%12%11%24%10%20%
Minor Role52%54%51%60%53%47%51%57%49%51%56%61%**49%51%57%58%55%36%50%62%43%
No Role At All28%25%30%21%22%32%32%21%32%28%27%28%**28%26%30%16%31%49%19%27%37%
Not Sure4%3%4%2%0%6%4%1%5%3%0%10%**7%2%1%5%2%4%7%1%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%24%16%29%32%40%60%80%8%9%2%37%34%29%42%38%17%35%42%17%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.