High marks for Pope Francis, but liberals and conservatives split on pontiff

Fifty-seven percent of Americans have a positive impression of Pope Francis while just five percent view him negatively, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. That is among the best scores for any public figure and certainly better than most, if not all, current American politicians and political parties. …

Inside those poll numbers though, liberals and conservatives are split on the newly installed Catholic pontiff who has shaken up some traditions of the papal hierarchy and taken an approach that favors compassion over doctrine. CONT.

Domenico Montanaro, NBC News