Mostly positive. His poems are worth reading. He also travelled the world rather than staying just in the Vatican and was rightly popular. I was impressed when he refused to meet (or even appear at a window for) the loathsome 'Family of Radio Maryja' on his last visit here. Unfortunately, he stayed in the role too long though and was unable to address certain serious issues. He also appeared to oppose some ecumenical and anti-poverty as well as indigenous movements within the RCC as well as appearing to side with oppressive dictators in South America and elsewhere,
In Poland there was (and to a point still is) a major Cult of Personality around him. We are seeing its effects now, with a polarisation between a blurring of boundaries between church and state on one hand, and a haemorrhaging of Mass attendance, especially in cities, on the other.
He was uncompromising about abortion though, however that strict view is not reflected in Polish society where 75% of people oppose the kangaroo 'court' ruling.
A large majority of people in Poland want.the country's abortion law - which is one of the most restrictive in Europe - to be liberalised