New poll shows how Americans feel about new Pope

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:47am

A new poll is shedding light on how American Catholics feel about Pope Francis and Catholic doctrine. The CNN/ORC International survey found 84-percent of American Catholics approve of his selection as pope.

It also found: Three-quarters of American Catholics say they are more likely to follow their own conscience on difficult moral questions than the teachings of the pope; Nine in ten want stricter policies toward sexual abuse committed by priests; Nearly three-quarters say Francis should allow Catholics to use birth control; 64 percent say the pope should allow priest to marry; And nearly six in ten say he should allow women to become priests.


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