Hmmm, the Pope has experienced a steep decline in his popularity:
Three years into his papacy, a recent study shows global admiration for Pope Francis is in sharp decline.
The pontiff fell seven spots in 2016, from sixth down to 13th among the world’s men, the biggest drop for anyone on last year’s list, and is now no longer either the planet’s most admired spiritual leader (the Dali Lama) or even the most admired Argentine (soccer star Lionel Messi).
However, Pope Francis remains the second-most admired man in the United States after President Barack Obama.
That’s according to a study released by YouGov, an international internet-based market research firm headquartered in the UK, which ranks the world’s 20 most admired men and women separately.
According to YouGov, the pope’s drop may be explained by expectations of reform that distanced Francis from his predecessors, which have dimmed as the Argentine pontiff becomes “institutionalized”.
Go here to read the rest. The explanation given for the Pope’s falling off in popular esteem is risible. More likely is that the Pope now simply comes across now as just another leftist politician, and politicians have ups and down in their approval ratings.