ORB International has conducted a study in 65 countries around the world, together with the colleagues in the WIN/Gallup International network, that reveals the popularity of the Pope.
· 54% of the world´s population has a favourable
opinion of Pope Francis, against 12% who hold an unfavourable opinion and 34% that
do not know how to evaluate the Pope.
· The regions where the positive image of the Pope is the highest are Latin America, North America and the European Union.
· Among the 64 countries, the Pope´s image is highest in Portugal, the Philippines, Argentina and Italy.
· Positive opinions of Pope’s Francis increases with age of respondents.
The image of Pope Francis
Citizens in 64 countries were asked: “Irrespective of your own religion, do you have a very favourable, somewhat favourable, somewhat unfavourable or very unfavourable opinion of Pope Francis?”
Five out of 10 respondents (54%) are favourable (very favourable,
24% and somewhat favourable, 30%). On the other hand, one out of 10 citizens
(12%) hold an unfavourable opinion (somewhat unfavourable, 7% and very
unfavourable, 5%) and 3 out of 10 (34%) are unable to pass a judgment about the
When comparing Pope Francis with political leaders, we find that the Pope heads the global ranking (with a net score of +41) followed by US President Barack Obama (+30), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (+13), British Prime Minister David Cameron (+10) and French President Francois Hollande (+6). Far away, with more negative opinions than positive ones, comes Russian President Vladimir Putin (-10%).
ORB Managing Director, Johnny Heald, says “it is remarkable to some extent that the leader of one religion is more popular that our greatest political leaders who also have 24hr news saturation.”
Papal Popularity by Country