Report: “Pope Francis effect” may not exist after all.

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In a survey released Thursday about Americans’ views of the pope nearly a year into the papacy, the Pew Research Center found no change in the share of American adults who call themselves Catholic, or in self-reported rates of Mass attendance, when compared to pre-Francis numbers. Pew also reported no increase in the percentage of Catholics volunteering at their churches or going to confession.

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  1. “…self-reported rates of Mass attendance…” (emphasis added)

    I submit (and have for many years) that all polling is fundamentally flawed and unreliable because people often lie to pollsters. The fact that Pew Research interviewed Catholics does not change my opinion one iota.

    Why do they lie? In no particular order or combination: 1) because they are stupid and don’t know or understand a biased question when they hear one, 2) because they want to please the poll taker, 3) because they want to fool the poll taker, 4) because they want to be perceived (by themselves, anyway) as “cool” or politically correct, or conceal (from themselves, at least) that they are not, 5) because they want to inflate their self-image and -regard, 6) because they lie so much about so many other things that they no longer consciously construct their falsehoods, nor recognize them as false when they are uttered.

    There are plenty of other reasons, but I think I’ve covered the main ones. I further submit that truly honest people are more apt to avoid polling than participate in it.


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