Poll: 84% of American Catholics Approve of Pope Francis


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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