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CBS Poll: Would You Rather Meet the Pope or the President?

Fred Bodimer
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Pope Francis (C) and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US leader will doubtless be hoping some of the pope's overwhelming popularity will rub off on him. (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis (C) and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US leader will doubtless be hoping some of the pope’s overwhelming popularity will rub off on him. (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Only one year into papacy of Pope Francis, Catholics appear to feel more of a connection to the church compared to previous years.

Director of polling for CBS News, Sarah Dutton, says they have recently asked Catholics if they think that the Catholic Church is in touch with its members. It was released in time to coincide with President Obama’s Vatican meeting with Pope Francis.

“This is quite a change from last year, when 53 percent of Catholics, a majority, thought the Catholic Church was out of touch,” Dutton says.

For the first time in CBS News polling, more Catholics now say that the Catholic Church is in touch with the needs of Catholics than say it is out of touch.

“By a 6 percent margin, Americans say they would rather meet President Obama in person than Pope Francis,” says Dutton. “49 percent choose the President, and 43 percent say they’d rather meet Pope Francis. Among Catholics, 64 percent prefer to meet the Pope.”

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