V4 Report: Matteo Salvini ??: Lega doing very well with Catholics (up 27%) even though Pope Francis has criticized Salvini and others regarding migration.
From Europe Elects on Twitter: Italy, AnalisiPolitca poll.
LEGA-ENF: 31% (+27)
M5S-EFDD: 26% (+6)
PD-S&D: 19% (-10)
FI-EPP: 11% (-22)
FdI-*: 6% (+4)
+E-ALDE: 1% (+1)
+/- vs. 2013 poll
Field work: 24/07/18 – 26/07/18
Sample size: N/A
** In our opinion, some of the Pope’s statements are careless and fail to take into account the concerns of many Europeans. Pope Francis once said, “Who am I to judge” but is quite “judgmental” when it comes to those who oppose mass migration for very legitimate and thoughtful reasons.
Pope Francis is similar to Angela Merkel in many respects. We call him “Merkel’s Pope”. Despite the show of humility, both believe they have all the answers and a monopoly on “compassion”.
Yet, how is an open-border that exposes European women and children to aggressive and unknown male migrants from violent cultures “compassionate”?
Many also believe that providing aid and comfort to the true war refugees in or closer to their homes is a much more efficient and productive solution compared to the mayhem of open-borders and the failed EU relocation schemes of the past.
Instead of hurling baseless allegations of “xenophobia” at those who disagree with them, Pope Francis and Angela Merkel ought to listen to others who sincerely believe there is a better way of helping the true refugees without exposing Europeans to unnecessary risks.
Francis can have an opinion on migration, but so too can Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban. Dismissing or slandering others who disagree with one’s positions is not exactly the definition of “tolerance”.