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Obama Approval Jumps in California

Unlike the rest of the nation, Barack Obama’s approval ratings have risen significantly in the last five months in California.

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Pope’s Popularity Plummets Among Americans

From his election in April 2013, Pope Francis had steadily gained approval among US citizens, starting at a modest 58 percent and slowly but inexorably climbing to 76 percent in February 2014 and culminating in a high of 78 percent at the end of that year. The moral capital Francis had built up seems to have fallen precipitously in recent months, and his approval rating now languishes at just 59 percent, barely more than what it was just after his election.