Poll says Benedict popular, but not as much as John Paul II
Catholics give outgoing pope 76% approval rating in U.S. survey21 February, 17:23
According to a new Washington Post-ABC News survey, approximately 76% of Catholics view Benedict favorably, up slightly from a 2008 survey. Americans in general gave him a 54% popularity rating.
Only 14% of Catholics and 27% of the overall public gave the pontiff negative ratings.
However, compared to his predecessor John Paul II, Benedict rates 14 points lower.
Polish pontiff John Paul had a 67% approval rating by Americans in general during his final month as pope and 87% of Catholics gave him positive marks. In the poll carried out February 13-17, 64% supported Benedict's decision to resign.