By more than two to one, Americans now find a papal role in world affairs appropriate. Two weeks ago, the margin of support for this was much smaller.
This week, majorities of Republicans and conservatives also agree. Before the Pope’s visit, those two groups were divided on the appropriateness of the Pope attempting to influence world affairs.
There is even support now for the Pope’s involvement in U.S. domestic affairs, though the margin of support is much smaller than it is for his involvement in global matters. 49% overall, and 63% of Catholics, think it is appropriate for the Pope to try and influence U.S. domestic affairs. On this matter, Republicans and conservatives are nearly evenly divided.