What percentage of Americans say the pope has done a poor job of handling the priest sex abuse scandal? Which has a higher priority among most Americans: protecting the environment or developing energy supplies from oil and coal?
In light of the priest sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI’s favorable rating among American Catholics has fallen to 27%, down 13 points since 2006. 55% of Catholics and 69% of all Americans say the pope has done a “poor job” of handling the scandal.
By a 50% to 43% margin, Americans consider developing energy supplies such as oil, gas, and coal a higher priority than protecting the environment.