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Pope Francis' views on social issues popular in U.S.: poll

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/22/2015 Reuven Blau
Pope Francis's views on social issues have been popular with American Catholics, but many have a mixed view on if his visit will play a role in how people vote in the 2016 election. - ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA/AFP/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News Pope Francis's views on social issues have been popular with American Catholics, but many have a mixed view on if his visit will play a role in how people vote in the 2016 election. - ERNESTO MASTRASCUSA/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly half of American Catholics (44%) view Pope Francis as an influential religious and political leader, according to a Shriver Report snapshot poll published Monday.

The poll also showed 86% of Catholics support his emphasis on helping the poor and the environment over social issues like sex and reproductive rights.

The Pope’s positions on social issues are also popular among American Catholics, the poll revealed.

A robust 92% believe that divorced Catholics should be allowed to take communion. Around 56% agree that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in the church, but only one in four weekly churchgoers agree.

Catholics have mixed feelings about how much his historic visit will affect the 2016 election. The poll showed 54% predict it will not play a major role in how people vote.

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