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Poll: 52 percent approve of God’s job performance
July 27th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Poll: 52 percent approve of God’s job performance

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - If you think voters are in cranky mood over politics, a new poll suggests that some of the dissatisfaction may run deeper.

God’s job performance has trouble measuring up to many Americans' expectations, according to a poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in North Carolina.

Only 52 percent of Americans approve of God’s job performance, the survey found, though just 9 percent disapprove.

The polling question that prompted this curious response was, "If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?"

"When asked to evaluate God on some of the issues it is responsible for, voters give God its best rating on creating the universe, 71-5," the polling report said. "They also approve of its handling of the animal kingdom 56-11, and even its handling of natural disasters 50-13."

Dino Grandoni cited the poll in a blog for the  Atlantic Wire:

On the bright side for the Almighty's re-election chances, God is still more popular than House Speaker John Boehner and both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, all of whom polled at 33 percent in the same poll.

(snip)

Believers or not, it seems ridiculous for the public to categorically grade God like this, until you realize that it's pollsters who asked the questions in the first place

Public Policy Polling used automated telephone interviews to survey 928 American voters from July 15 to 17. The voters were represented by a mix of liberal, moderate and conservative voters. The poll's margin of error  was +/-3.2%.

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (2,575 Responses)
  1. Jeepers

    "God's" handling of the starving babies in Africa has always annoyed me.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • derp

      I am pretty disappointed in his handling of finding a cure for cancer. He is totally blowing that one.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • Jessy

      I'm pretty annoyed that God didn't do anything for the past few centuries. He did a lot of things (some very bad things, others mostly good). Why the sudden absence? Is he on break or did he realize that by interfering with Earth dwellers only made things worse?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • HenryO

      If you don't give God for all the good in the world, how can you blame him for the bad? Does man and his ignorance and turning his back on God have anything to do with it? Don't you think with the wealth of the world in certain places that man could take care of his own hunger problems? You have some families with billions of dollars and others with none. Is that God's fault or the greed of man?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Jared

      Jessy, I don't claim to have all the answers, but God is not on vacation. Waiting for a people to get it straight maybe? I do know that I've seen Him at work, more and more overseas, but here in the states too. You just don't hear about it and I'm not sure why. So let me share two instances of God at work that I have personally seen.

      The first is an old biker friend of mine. Over 20 years ago he put a bullet through his head. He lived, but it cost him his left ear and a large chunck of his jaw. A couple years ago we were praying for him about something and he reacted very oddly. Turned out the hearing came back to his left ear. Over the next couple weeks his jawbone regrew. I bare witness to this and he has the x-rays.

      The second is of a man who was in a motorcycle accident. He had to walk slumped over with a cain. One day he went down for prayer and before he even knelt down he dropped his cain and started running around the church. Doctors can't explain it.

      Why some and not others? I honestly don't know. I wondered that as I held my brother's hand as he took his last breath. What I do know is that the God who put it all in motion is still on the throne. The stories coming out of Africa, Northern Asia, and South America are even more compelling. A friend of mine's wife was healed in Haiti, but I didn't know her before she was healed. The other two I've mentioned, I knew before they were healed.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Jeepers

      My mom said she felt like God had a hand in it when she picked the right slot machine to put her quarter in and it gave her a big payoff. I said to her, "So you're saying you experienced divine intervention on your gambling trip?" The irony was lost on her.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • IamGOD

      you should google gregory paul THE HOLOCAUST OF THE CHILDREN and either watch the youtube video or read his paper on god's holocaust of children....

      July 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
    • Kdog

      Hey jeepers! I suppose poor and corrupt government doesn't have a thing to do with it. Africa was better off under colonialism.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Jorge

      "God" has nothing to do with the starving babies in Africa, political purges, ethnic wars and the unwillingness of the international community to intervene that are mostly at fault, as much of the land where they live is at least as fertile as the sandy, clayey farmlands of Georgia and South Carolina. There is enough arable land in the world to keep everyone well fed, just not enough interest. It is "Us" (humanity) who are at fault, really.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  2. Ryan Richardson

    You people make me sick bashing GOD the way you have. GOD decides everything for a reason, we need to bring GOD back to America. Maybe if we done that, America wouldn't be the way it is now. We need to teach our Children the love of Jesus Christ. Actually a lot of Grownups need the Love of Christ. But we must Pray for our Country and bring GOD more into this Country. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!11

    July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • aaaaa

      grownups don't need imaginary friends

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Just say "No" to theocracies!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "GOD decides everything for a reason"

      Then why are you complaining about "bashing God?" After all it is His will, is it not?

      July 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Jimbo

      No need to try hard and fix things, God will do it all for you. It's the will of God, I'll just sit around and let him take care of everthing then.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • derp

      "It's the will of God, I'll just sit around and let him take care of everthing then."

      Turns out god is a Democrat.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Jessy

      If God never wanted us to question, why did he make us in such a manner that enables us to question him all the time? Sounds like God doesn't want us to worship him. If anything, what if we are the new Gods? After all, we now have direct influence over the planet's weather, we killed off whole civilizations that didn't agree with us, and much more. If God never wanted us to be like him, he's doing a poor job at it.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • J.W

      There are many instances even in the Bible where God is questioned.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Zeke2112

      We need to bring God back to America? Why did he leave?

      Any supreme being that abandons his creations when they don't worship him – as he hides in the cosmos – is a sick, sadistic being. You might as well have a kid, leave it in the wilderness, and make it known that if it doesn't love you, despite you never visiting it or providing a real means of support, you're going to send it to burn forever. Sounds like a nice guy, eh?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Kdog

      Hey nominus, God's will is for us to love our neighbors......everything else will follow.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Kdog

      From the mouth of Zeke2112 to the ears of humanity. Do you feel abandoned by God or is this a rant against those who want to believe?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  3. Mitch

    God is not dead, just merrily unemployed.

    Thank God for Atheists.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Nobgoblin

    I have God's approval rating at roughly the same level as that of the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, and non-violently-insane Tea Party members.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Kdog

      You equate God with the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny. Very glib. Tell us(in twenty-five words or less)why you don't believe in God. Or is it "just a feeling"?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Jen

      LOL – the only reason TO believe in God are "feelings." The default belief, without any solid evidence for the existence of something, is non-belief. There IS no evidence for God's existence, which is why believing in God is referred to as "faith." Faith = belief in something for which you have insufficient proof.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  5. HCE

    Poor taste John Blake of CNN for posting such an article as this....just another example of our moral foundation....gone!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Zeke2112

      I don't need Christian dogma to love my wife and kids, thanks. Take a good look at your God-fearing Congressmen for how solid their moral foundation is.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  6. Jer

    I didnt realize God was up for reelection...oh wait, He isnt. He is God and you cant EVER get Him out of office. And for the record, everyone that says He isnt doing a good job, well, He will have the last laugh on the judgement day, you fools...

    July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Normon

      You're right. Perhaps we ought to work for term limits.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • whatever

      Um... What about Neptune? Venus, and other greek Gods? Their approval rating slipped, and they fell into history books... as will the current God.. .enough people will blame their suffering on god, and leave the church, eventually opening up a slot for the next great thing.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Jessy

      Oh? You mean the Rapture? The rapture that was never mentioned in the bible at all (at least not in the original text before biased authors amended it)?

      By the way, the Bible was never written by people who witnessed the events. It was written by people who heard stories (mostly gossip and trumped up events) passed down through the centuries by word of mouth. Very little of the bible is actually true (ie: jesus being crucified, sodem and gemora burning, etc.), some are based off of events from other cultures (ie: the story of Noah – Noah may have been Phoenician and his boat may have been smaller than last stated) while the rest are just made up (ie: the 7 days of creation, the book of revelations, etc.).

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Jer: He sounds a bit like Mubarak or Ghaddafi... Are you saying we need to rebel and overthrow his oppressive regime??

      July 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • MikeC

      Made up stories called parables. And funny how so many people hate on the bible and call it bull when the summary simply says love your neighbor and treat people with respect. I guess that point always gets missed. Because evil exsists so mathematiclly Good exsists.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      Didn't we just all miss Judgement Day? I swear I saw that on a billboard somewhere ... Oh, my bad. It's been rescheduled.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  7. Advocate

    He needs to try to appeal to independent, swing-district voters more. Expressing a willingness to "reach across the aisle" and compromise with Satan would go a long way towards boosting those approval numbers.

    He also needs to get out into the limelight more - maybe do Leno, or perform a miracle or two at the MTV Movie Awards. That would boost his name recognition, and consequently, his Q Score.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • CARL

      Now that's FUNNY!!!!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  8. J.W

    I would be willing to be that most of the people who disapproved were atheist or agnostic, or just not religious.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • derp

      "I would be willing to be that most of the people who disapproved were atheist"

      I am very interested to hear an explanation of how an atheist would approve or not approve the job performance of something they do not even believe exists.

      This should be good.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban

      JW do you realize how stupid your post was? Please rethink and try again. Jesus lol

      July 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • J.W

      Well the poll asked if God exists what would your approval of him be. I dont see why it is stupid to think that some people included in the poll did not believe in God.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Frogist

      I'm with JW on this one. The poll did ask a hypothetical question. And it stands to reason that the ones who disapprove wouldn't be the ones who are in church every Sunday.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • LT

      Atheism is a religion. It's a belief that there is no creator being or God.

      Agnosticism is the admission we can't ever know one way or the other. It's quite different from atheism, in that it acknowledges only what we know, not what people merely believe.

      So, no, JW doesn't have a point.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Frogist

      @LT: Check your definitions again. Atheism is not a religion.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • J.W

      The point is that the question could be answered by anyone no matter if they believe in God or not because it says "If there is a God..."

      July 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  9. BVN

    The Hubris of Mankind Knows No Bounds.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Isn't God the one asking for worship and prayer?

      July 27, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  10. GODISNOTREAL

    What is this the onion?

    July 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Kdog

      Your login name says it all. Care to elaborate?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  11. bachmanntwit

    Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus Bachmann, bashes gays with his falsetto voice.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  12. David Johnson

    An Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnibenevolent being can only get a 52% approval rating?

    Almost 1/2 the people think god sucks at being god? LOL

    Cheers!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Martin T

      Absolutely! There is no god, religion is the biggest waste of human resources in the World throughout history.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  13. Sybaris

    In a recent poll Santa Claus beat out God by a whopping 83% margin!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  14. Ze Pewp

    The first clue is that we even talk about this at all.
    Omnipotent ? NOT !

    July 27, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • derp

      You may have the funniest log in name I have seen ever. Nice job!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  15. Banneker

    The events in Norway and Darfur proves that God answer to problems can be no.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Nonimus

      ... proves that our answer to god should be, No.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  16. BobZemko

    What about Satan's job performance? With the state of the world today, he's batting one thousand.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • JasonP

      LOL, true, way more effective!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Daelda

      Right up there with Thor, The Tooth Fairy, and the invisible elephant that lives under grandpa's chair.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  17. Normon

    What a joke!

    God, not the article.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  18. J.W

    I disagree with some of his recently policies over the weather. It seems like he gave too much rain before, but now there is too little rain. He used up all the rain to fast and now we have a rain deficit.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Laughing

      I guess he and satan need to work out a deal and stop all this politiking!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  19. Laughing

    This is hilarious

    I would be fascinated to see how people felt about dog's job performance last march.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  20. J.W

    I would vote for God over anyone we have in office today.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • God

      Hey – I'm on vacation... Leave me out of it....

      July 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Martin T

      Yeah, the mythical "god" seems to actually have more power to get this debt ceiling done.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
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