Nobody is a Prophet in their Own Land? Evaluations of Pope Francis in Latin America
Asbel Bohigues y Juan Manuel Rivas
Bulletin of Latin American Research SLAS
Version of Record online:12 May 2020
Using data drawn from surveys of Latin American elites and citizens, this article aims to analyse the determinants of evaluations of Pope Francis, with a special focus on ideology and religious denomination, religiosity, and trustworthiness of the Catholic Church. Results show that the Pope remains linked to opinions on the Church, but not to religiosity, and that differences in personal religious affiliations (or lack thereof) among respondents are sharper among citizens than among elites. Furthermore, Pope Francis is found to be not closely associated to the left–right axis in Latin America, except in the case of Argentine MPs, where the right‐leaning members express lower opinions of the Pope.