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Survey says US evangelicals prefer Pope to Robertson and Falwell

A new survey commissioned by two US media outlets has found that Pope John Paul II is liked more than prominent evangelical Protestant leaders Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.

It says 59% have a favourable view of the Pope, compared to 54% for Robertson and 44% for Falwell.

The media often look to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell to speak on behalf of all evangelicals.

The survey was commissioned by public TV channel PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, and US News & World Report magazine.

Evangelical leaders Franklin Graham and James Dobson are both viewed favourably by 73% of all evangelicals.

Survey Gets Specific on Evangelical Attitudes—and Finds We Like the Pope Better than Robertson or Falwell (Christianity Today 12/4/04)

16 Apr 2004