Two-in-three Canadians view Pope Francis favourably

by David Korzinski | February 5, 2015 4:35 pm

About as many Britons as Canadians view the Pope favourably, more Americans positive about Francis

February 5, 2015 – From being nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize to participating in Google Hangouts, Pope Francis has earned the favourable opinion of two-thirds (67%) of Canadians. This represents a six-point increase from March of last year (59%).[1]

These findings are the result of an Angus Reid Institute online survey of Canadian adults, and follows a similar study recently conducted by the Pew Research Center[2] gauging opinions of the pope in 43 countries, excluding Canada.

Key Findings:

Just over one-quarter (27%) of Canadians have a “very favourable” opinion of Pope Francis.

Two-in-five (40%) hold a “somewhat favourable” view of the pope.

Catholics (94%), older Canadians (78%), and those living in Ontario and Atlantic Canada (71%) are most positive about Francis. Opinions towards him were least favourable in Alberta (59%), although the majority in that province are indeed positive towards the pope. Just over half (56%) of Canadians aged 18-34 view Francis favourably.

Canadians view Pope Francis slightly more favourably than respondents in the UK (65%) and less favourably than respondents in the US (78%) polled by Pew.

Click here for full report including tables and methodology[3]

Click here for Questionnaire used in this survey[4]

Image Credit: Catholic Church England

Endnotes:
  1. This represents a six-point increase from March of last year (59%).: http://angusreid.org/the-peoples-pope-francis-first-year-focus-on-the-poor-impresses-catholics-non-catholics-alike/
  2. Pew Research Center: http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/12/11/pope-francis-image-positive-in-much-of-world/
  3. Click here for full report including tables and methodology: http://angusreid.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015.03.05-Pope-Francis.pdf
  4. Click here for Questionnaire used in this survey: http://angusreid.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015.03.05-Pope-Francis1.pdf

Source URL: https://angusreid.org/two-three-canadians-view-pope-francis-favourably/