Actually, JPI was more conservative than JPII, and had made the mistake of announcing (not publicly, since he was there only a short time) that he intended to reverse many of the post-Vatican II mistakes and in particular, that he planned to do away with the Novus Ordo and restore the Old Mass. That’s why there has always been speculation that he was poisoned.
Yes. Before his election, though, the left, especially the American and French Modernists, seemed to be thinking they were electing the Great Protestantizer to implement the spurious spirit of VII. The Press all over probably made more of it than was there but it was there.