World mayors urge ‘bold climate agreement’

World mayors urge ‘bold climate agreement’

Pope Francis greets Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino as he meets mayors gathered in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. Next to Marino, at left, is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, at his right is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and between the two, one row back is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (AP Photo/L'Ossservatore Romano, Pool)
Poll: U.S. views of Francis dim

NEW YORK — Pope Francis’ rock-star popularity appears to be dimming in the United States.
In a Gallup survey released Wednesday, 59 percent of Americans said they thought favorably of the pope, compared to 76 percent last year.
The most dramatic decline was among political conservatives. Only 45 percent gave the pope high marks, a drop of 27 percentage points. Among Catholics, Francis’ approval rating dropped by 18 percentage points to 71 percent. However, liberals also seemed to sour on the pope. Sixty-eight percent viewed him favorably, a drop of 14 percentage points since last year.
The survey of just over 1,000 adults was conducted July 8-12. That’s three weeks after the pope’s bombshell teaching document that said climate change was largely man-made and that unfettered capitalism exploited the poor.

World mayors urge ‘bold climate agreement’

Pope Francis greets Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino as he meets mayors gathered in the Synod Hall during a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Dozens of environmentally friendly mayors from around the world are meeting at the Vatican this week to bask in the star power of eco-Pope Francis and commit to reducing global warming and helping the urban poor deal with its effects. Next to Marino, at left, is Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, at his right is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and between the two, one row back is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. (AP Photo/L'Ossservatore Romano, Pool)
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