Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20355
 
1Are you familiar with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, who has been elected Pope Francis I?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Yes22%18%26%21%19%25%22%21%23%21%**35%24%42%16%25%28%13%21%25%24%
No73%77%70%72%79%71%73%75%72%74%**62%74%55%79%71%70%83%76%71%73%
Not Sure5%5%4%7%2%4%5%5%5%5%**3%2%3%5%4%2%5%3%5%3%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
2Based on what you know, do you think Cardinal Bergoglio is a good choice? ... Or a bad choice? ... to be Pope?
132 Familiar With BergoglioAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 6.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Good Choice81%83%79%84%87%75%78%85%76%81%**90%49%97%66%89%78%68%78%90%67%
Bad Choice11%7%14%16%4%19%2%11%11%9%**10%42%0%21%2%15%21%12%3%23%
Not Sure8%10%7%0%9%6%19%3%12%9%**0%9%3%13%8%7%11%10%6%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Familiar With Bergoglio100%39%61%30%17%28%25%47%53%81%1%11%7%47%53%36%46%17%32%40%27%
 
 
3Do you think the number of Americans who belong to the Catholic Church will increase while Pope Francis I is Pope? Do you think the number of Americans will decrease? Or do you think the number of Americans who belong to the Catholic Church will remain about the same?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Increase18%15%20%20%9%19%20%16%19%17%**36%7%38%11%23%19%12%16%23%15%
Decrease12%18%7%18%6%12%11%13%11%10%**27%28%9%14%9%12%18%10%11%19%
About The Same61%60%63%52%70%63%64%59%63%65%**37%46%51%65%65%66%50%67%57%59%
Not Sure9%6%10%10%14%6%5%11%6%8%**0%19%2%11%4%3%19%7%9%7%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
4Do you think the number of American priests in the Catholic Church will increase while Pope Francis I is Pope? Do you think the number will decrease? Or do you think the number of American priests in the Catholic Church will remain about the same?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Increase15%15%15%15%11%16%17%13%17%15%**27%7%29%10%24%10%12%19%16%11%
Decrease22%25%19%29%16%22%17%24%20%20%**57%9%19%23%15%26%25%17%17%35%
About The Same54%52%56%46%57%55%61%50%58%57%**16%66%49%56%56%61%45%56%58%52%
Not Sure9%8%10%10%17%7%4%12%6%8%**0%19%2%11%4%3%18%8%9%2%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
5In general, do you think the social positions of the Roman Catholic Church should be more conservative? More liberal? Or do you think they're just about right the way they are?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
More Conservative25%26%24%22%36%20%26%27%23%24%**42%13%21%27%41%12%25%57%11%6%
More Liberal49%48%49%55%36%50%49%47%50%51%**36%34%52%48%30%63%54%13%64%84%
Are Just About Right22%23%20%21%22%23%21%21%22%22%**22%25%28%20%27%23%12%26%21%9%
Not Sure5%3%7%3%6%6%4%4%5%3%**0%27%0%6%2%2%9%4%5%0%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
6Do you think the Catholic Church should or should not allow women to become priests?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should63%62%63%72%49%65%60%63%63%65%**51%53%64%62%53%63%71%42%71%78%
Should Not30%32%28%25%39%27%32%30%30%28%**49%30%32%29%44%28%19%53%23%15%
Not Sure7%6%8%3%13%8%8%7%8%7%**0%17%4%8%4%8%10%5%7%7%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
7Do you think Pope Francis I should do more to address the problem of sexual abuse in the Church? Or do you think the church has done enough?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Should Do More89%86%93%85%88%96%89%86%93%89%**95%89%90%89%87%95%89%89%91%91%
Has Done Enough5%8%2%7%7%2%5%7%3%5%**0%5%3%6%5%2%8%8%3%4%
Not Sure6%6%5%8%5%3%6%7%4%6%**5%6%8%5%8%3%3%3%6%5%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
8Do you think Pope Francis I will bring people of different religions closer together? Do you think he will cause people of different religions to grow further apart? Or do you think he will have no effect on how close people of different religions are?
600 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCatholic?Party AffiliationIdeology
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherCatholicNot CathRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberal
Bring People Together28%24%32%35%19%24%31%29%27%27%**50%29%52%20%33%29%23%31%35%18%
Grow Further Apart11%14%8%18%14%8%3%17%5%9%**24%10%8%12%5%14%14%10%8%18%
No Effect51%54%47%33%60%58%58%43%58%54%**27%43%33%56%58%46%47%53%47%51%
Not Sure10%7%13%13%8%11%7%11%9%11%**0%17%7%11%4%11%16%6%10%13%
Total100%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%31%19%25%25%50%50%85%2%7%6%25%75%32%36%30%34%36%25%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.