Pope Francis's favorability down following sex abuse scandal: Gallup
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Pope Francis's favorability ratings in the United States are down more than 10 percent since last month as the Roman Catholic Church continues to deal with the fallout from sexual abuse allegations in Pennsylvania, according to a new poll. 

A Gallup Poll published Tuesday found that 53 percent of Americans view Francis favorably, down from 66 percent in August. Views of Francis among Roman Catholics, however, remain unchanged.


Last month, a Pennsylvania grand jury report was published identifying more than 300 priests in the Catholic Church in that state accused of committing sexual abuse that was then allegedly covered up by the church. The report detailed more than 1,000 instances of sexual abuse committed by the priests.

Francis has also come under fire after being accused of knowing about sexual misconduct allegations against former D.C. archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick before they became public. 

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano last month wrote a letter calling for Francis's resignation, saying that the pope knew for years that McCarrick was sexually abusing minors.

Francis last month did not confirm or deny that he knew about the allegations, telling reporters that Vigano's letter "speaks for itself."

"I won’t say a word about it," the pope said. 

The poll results were based on surveys with a random sample of 1,035 adults from Sept. 4 to Sept. 12. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.