Pope's popularity falling in US, says Financial Times

UK daily says Americans 'have cooled' on pontiff ahead of visit

(ANSA) - Rome, July 28 - Americans, especially conservative Catholics, "have cooled" on Pope Francis, just two months ahead of the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC, British daily the Financial Times (FT) reported on Tuesday.
    Pope Francis' favourability rating has dropped from 76% in February 2014 to its current 59% level, according to a Gallup poll, the FT said.
    Gallup said the drop among conservatives is due to the pope's rising criticism of global capitalism.
    A drop among liberals may be because Francis hasn't moved quickly enough "to ease the Church's rigid attitude on homosexuality, divorce, and female priesthood," Gallup said.


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