Pope Francis is the most popular world leader, according to a new opinion poll by WIN/Gallup, the Catholic News website reports today (March 29, 2016).
The survey -- taken by 1,000 people in 64 countries -- puts the popularity of the Pope above U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande.
The regions where Pope Francis is held in highest esteem are Latin America, North America, and Europe. Portugal has the highest number of individuals with a positive view of the Pope, followed by the Philippines.
Segmented by religious belief, Roman Catholics view the Pope most favorably, followed by Jews and then Protestants.