Poll: Pope Unknown to Most Americans

Most Americans hold a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI, but the vast majority confess they don’t know much about the pontiff, according to a new poll.

Just weeks before Benedict’s first trip to the U.S. as leader of the Roman Catholic Church, 58 percent of Americans say they have a favorable or “very favorable” opinion of him.

But when asked how much they know about the 80-year-old German, 52 percent said “not very much,” and nearly 30 percent said “nothing at all.”

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3 comments on “Poll: Pope Unknown to Most Americans

  1. stevejax says:


  2. libraryjim says:

    That will change.

    Pope John Paul II had the benefit of a ton of publicity, coming as he did from a communist state, and speaking out against communistic oppression of Christianity.

    Add to that his relative youth, charisma (both in theology and personality) and his willingness to mingle among the people, and you can see why he became so well known in such a short time.

    So, give B16 time.

    Jim Elliott <><

  3. Words Matter says:

    The man’s 81… how much time do you think he has, Jim? 🙂