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Paul Gosar

Poll: Pope Francis unlikely to spur climate, immigration legislation

WASHINGTON Americans largely regard Pope Francis as influential in world affairs, but few respondents in a new poll believe his speech to Congress this week will inspire lawmakers to move bills on climate change and immigration. Just 21 percent of adults said the pontiff would make Congress more likely to pass legislation to fight climate change, according to The Economist Group/YouGov poll released Monday. Even fewer 13 percent said Francis' message would make Congress more likely to pass bills increasing legal immigration to the United States. And with debates raging on the Hill over abortion rights, only 14 percent said Francis would make lawmakers more likely to pass restrictions....