Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20286
 
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+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherProtestaCatholicOther/NoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Approve35%36%34%20%37%42%42%26%42%36%**28%20%33%55%29%49%34%26%49%37%27%
Disapprove30%38%23%40%27%24%28%35%26%31%**36%19%30%35%28%23%42%20%24%24%54%
Not Sure35%27%43%40%36%33%31%38%32%33%**36%61%37%10%42%29%24%54%27%39%19%
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%49%51%28%18%26%28%46%54%85%2%7%6%32%17%51%27%42%27%29%40%24%
 
 
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: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherProtestaCatholicOther/NoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes54%54%55%43%53%59%62%47%61%56%**57%24%49%80%49%56%61%46%54%54%67%
No25%26%25%28%23%24%25%26%25%27%**21%12%36%16%22%34%23%23%36%24%19%
Not Sure20%20%21%28%24%17%13%27%15%17%**22%64%15%4%29%10%16%32%10%22%15%
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%49%51%28%18%26%28%46%54%85%2%7%6%32%17%51%27%42%27%29%40%24%
 
 
3Is advanced age an acceptable reason for a Pope to resign?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceReligionParty AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherProtestaCatholicOther/NoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes70%74%66%49%84%80%72%63%76%70%**76%58%78%90%58%73%69%67%72%73%66%
No17%15%19%28%10%13%14%21%14%16%**24%13%10%8%24%15%16%22%15%11%23%
Not Sure13%11%15%23%6%6%14%16%11%13%**0%30%12%2%17%12%15%11%12%16%11%
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%49%51%28%18%26%28%46%54%85%2%7%6%32%17%51%27%42%27%29%40%24%
 
 
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+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherProtestaCatholicOther/NoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Major Role26%18%32%25%30%30%19%27%24%22%**26%59%22%30%26%31%17%37%31%26%9%
Minor Role33%28%36%30%30%32%37%30%34%33%**45%15%38%23%32%20%42%33%23%36%49%
No Role At All37%50%25%40%30%34%41%36%38%39%**29%23%33%46%37%47%36%25%46%30%39%
Not Sure5%3%6%4%10%4%3%6%3%5%**0%4%6%1%5%2%5%5%1%8%3%
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%49%51%28%18%26%28%46%54%85%2%7%6%32%17%51%27%42%27%29%40%24%
 
 
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+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherProtestaCatholicOther/NoRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Major Role14%13%16%19%19%10%11%19%10%15%**4%22%10%11%18%18%11%14%17%14%9%
Minor Role44%38%50%33%52%45%48%40%47%43%**34%57%43%46%44%43%46%46%44%50%34%
No Role At All35%44%27%44%20%39%34%34%36%35%**62%18%41%40%31%32%35%35%33%25%54%
Not Sure7%6%7%4%10%6%7%6%7%7%**0%4%7%3%8%8%7%5%6%11%3%
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%49%51%28%18%26%28%46%54%85%2%7%6%32%17%51%27%42%27%29%40%24%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.