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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. Prdparent

    Pointless poll: If you are an athiest, you likely give a low %. If you are a Christian, you would not presume to "rate" God's performance. The poll is therefore skewed in favor of those who don't beleive anyway.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Tom M

      I would think an atheist would give a 'no response' answer. The 9% that disprove are more likely to be Christians that are thinking of voting for someone else.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Pleo

      Actually, if you are an atheist, you are unlikely to participate in the poll at all. That's probably the numbers are so lopsided 52% approve. But only 9% disapprove. The other 43% probably laughed at the survey taker and refused to even answer the questions.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Rick

      Atheists cannot review the performance of beings in which they do not believe

      July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Sam

      I gave Santa a higher rating until he didn't bring me that fire truck when I was six.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Prdparent

      Actually, athiests are MORE likely to respond to a poll like this- any chance to "stick it" to the beleivers. If you doubt athiests are like this, read some of their posts below. Most real Christians would never vote on something like this.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
    • Tom M

      I think that is just your bias.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • richunix

      Actually we “atheist” are more likely to respond to the duped that believe the existence of a deity.

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Nonimus

      The question started of with, "If God exists..." I don't think Atheists would have a problem answering it. But to the larger question, I don't think you could count this an objective, representative, survey, at least not without more study.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • J.W

      The question asks IF there is a god...

      July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Will

    I wonder how satisfied they'll be when they're roasting in HeII

    July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Is the only way you get followers by threatening them with eternal pain?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • wow

      Hell, I'm Jewish and we don't believe in hell....try again!

      July 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Rick

      Will, petty people find comfort in a petty god. F you and your celestial friend

      July 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Tom

      Bite me Will

      July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Roasting what in hell? I could go for some ribs.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      Willy boy,
      if you don't understand what's wrong with that "roasting" thing, you should consider an education.....
      1. Philosophy
      2. Logic
      3. Chemistry
      4. Physics
      There "ain't" no roasting where : 1. there is no "time", 2. where carbon atoms are not bonded, 3. when it would take "time" for those bonds to break, 4. it could only happen in space, 5. space-time is no longer part of the picture.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  3. Deb

    This has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read in my entire life...........

    July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Pleo

    I certainly hope no tax dollars or political contributions were used in this 100% pointless stupid poll. Maybe we next they can do a poll on whether Santa Claus is doing a good job or not?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  5. God

    53%? Fantastic News. Maybe I can replace Boehner as next speaker of the house?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  6. stevarreno

    Things like this remind me just how few people realise PEOPLE are in charge of carrying out God's plan for the world. If God's rating is down, it is the fault or the believers not doing our part.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Hmmm

      So God's part is just accepting the adulation of the masses?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Kim

      I want to work were God works. He seems to have an amazing union.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Ionian

      Yup. God doesn't do anything. God is inert.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  7. Mark

    That's 51% too high. "God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh." – Voltaire

    July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  8. MIke Prede

    I don't believe on atheists, therefore they don't exist.
    Atheists are emotionally disturbed people and, above all, irrational. Way worse than religious crazy fanatics.
    Seriously, only a disturbed person is an atheists. You guys ignore Science and will ignore any Scientific evidence that goes against your delusion. Such psychosis is the only thing that make sick people like you alive. Atheists live in stated of denial, ignorance and are weak cowards, unable to debate, to analyze, and to be rational. They keep looking for "polls", killers, fanatics or any other event that give them a little temporary time of mockery and relief. your choice, morons. You seed, you reap. Have a nice hell on life.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Vince

      you are crazy...

      July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Vince

      your God is the devil... he killed billions of people because they don't believe in him... therefore, you worship the devil... devil worshiper...

      July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Laughing

      I think you're statement makes a lot more sense like this:

      I don't believe on god, therefore he don't exist.
      believers are emotionally disturbed people and, above all, irrational. Way worse than scientists.
      Seriously, only a disturbed person is a believer. You guys ignore Science and will ignore any Scientific evidence that goes against your delusion. Such psychosis is the only thing that make sick people like you alive. Believers live in stated of denial, ignorance and are weak cowards, unable to debate, to analyze, and to be rational. They keep looking for "polls", killers, fanatics or any other event that give them a little temporary time of mockery and relief. your choice, morons. You seed, you reap. Have a nice hell on life.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Spiffy

      What proof do you have of God?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • not crazy

      whatever happened to love your enemy it doesn't sound like your living up to your religion very well. shouldn't you be showing all the atheist compassion and not telling us how bad we suck. oh fyi im atheist who is not disturbed im not crazy because i don't believe in what you believe in. this poll was a joke chill out. not all atheists are crazy just like everything else their are nut jobs.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  9. Mick

    this is the stupidest f'ing thing I have ever seen on CNN. Cmon, get rid of the crap.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Chris

    God's tests and tribulations are a blessing to humanity, drawing people closer to Him. This human life is but a speck compared to the eternal life that awaits us all....

    July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  11. CW

    This is truly a stu.pid poll. I mean really...Grade God?....none of us on this earch are fit to even look upon his face yet alone "grade" him on his job...Geez.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • LThomson

      I think John Adams, the U.S, founding father, summed this up best:

      "God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there will never be any liberal science in the world."

      July 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @CW,
      "none of us on this earch are fit to even look upon his face"
      What God would degrade His "children" to such an extent that they don't feel worthy of even looking at Him.

      I would be ashamed of such a God.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Determine for yourselves

    Try reading "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Atheist

      After that read "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins.
      I too agree that everyone should make their own decision, but please have all the facts first before you do.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  13. charles

    i bet his approval rating for us is even lower. btw. we shouldn't be judging the judge of all judges anyway. thats kind of his job. maybe if we treated each other half as kind as we expect god to treat us we would be a little better off than to need to blame god for everything. just my 2 cents.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Who cares what mythical beings think?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  14. Lucy

    Here's another one for you. "DO NOT BE DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FOR WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, THAT HE WILL ALSO REAP." Galations 6:7

    You all won't be making jokes when you're on your knees trembling before the Almighty because you haven't accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Mark my words.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Words marked.

      BTW while you are talking to your imaginary friend you might want to see a doctor. I heard that hearing voices isn't a good thing.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Rick

      Spend a lot of time on your knees, do you Lucy?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Lucy

      Yo Spiffy: Billions of people have heard the voice of God and we all hear the same message!! I'm sorry that you're out of the loop.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Mr. Montijo

      You won't be making jokes at all. Because you'll be dead. Forever.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "GOD IS NOT MOCKED"

      Yet another inaccuracy in the Bible.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • God

      Thanks Lucy, even sometimes I feel like I just dont exist anymore. 😦

      July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Nonimus

      @Lucy,
      Which billions of people agree 100% on doctrine?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Lucy

      Mr. Montijo: NO, I'LL BE ALIVE FOREVER. Why wouldn't you like that as well?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Mr. Montijo

      Yo Spiffy: Billions of people have heard the voice of God and we all hear the same message!! I'm sorry that you're out of the loop.

      You all hear the same message?... is that why there are over 500 different religions in the world. And over 500 different types of christian denominations which all have very conflicting views, stemming from individual perceptions of the Holy Bible?

      You don't all hear the same message.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Mr. Montijo

      Mr. Montijo: NO, I'LL BE ALIVE FOREVER. Why wouldn't you like that as well?

      SO the only reason you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is so that you can live forever? Sounds selfish.

      I wouldn't like that Lucy, No. I accept that I only have one life. So I treasure every single moment. Whats the big woop about living forever? If man sinned once before, what makes you think he won't do it again?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • LT

      If it wasn't for the fact that I'm aware your cognitive processes have, through years of mutual communal security, essentially made you an addict when it comes to religion, I'd find your faith inspiring. But we live in the modern age, where faith is explicable, even if constant existence or the origin of matter aren't.

      People will always look for answers; those who are offered easy ones early and never have a reason to challenge them become people like Lucy, ignorantly blissful thanks to the joy juice all that belief is firing off in her noggin. She might as well be mainlining when she talks fervently about god.

      Everyone else? Well, they learn and evolve. That's what social progress, genetic improvement and longer lifespans demonstrate. Information evolves along with everything else, eventually forcing religions to moderate away from hocus pocus and toward more community support, or to die.

      So really, Lucy's kind of the detritus of social evolution. Let her enjoy it with a nice pat on the head and a "that's nice for you dear." She's likely too far gone from reality to ever understand.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Lucy

      Mr. Montijo: NO, I'LL BE ALIVE FOREVER. Why wouldn't you like that as well?

      --------
      Some of us live in right now....aka reality.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  15. LowlyGentile

    Which God(s) are they talking about??

    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  16. Nathan

    This article is stupid. I can't believe this crap is even allowed on this site.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  17. Tom

    Lucy

    Science only proves the Bible. And archeology, and prophecy, and history ....

    Dear Lucy – you are fukin' retarded

    July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  18. bachmanntwit

    Michele Bachmann believes that early man rode dinosaurs to churh every Sunday.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • BL

      My dad used to sell them the used Dinosaurs. They were stupid and bought the under coating package.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • bachmanntwit

      BL...good one.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  19. alex

    If you think that god is doing a good job, then you approve of cancer, Ebola, earthquakes, ascaris worms, guinea worm, muscular dystrophy, and predation. That's only a tiny fraction of the stuff that occurs with no cause by humans. If I included the stuff that has a human-related cause that an omnipotent god chooses to not alter, then the list would be humongous. Also, you should be against modern medicine, since that is fighting against god's creation of cancer, HIV, parasites, and so forth.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Anathoth

      I"m sure God is really concerned about His approval rating. If you are looking at a being that is All Powerful, All Knowing, Everywhere, and Eternal are you even allowed to question them? By definition they know more then you and are stronger then you. If they know everything, then by definition they know more then you. While we can be wrong they cannot.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  20. GonzoG

    To quote a comedian I heard once "I like Jesus–it's His followers that scare the $#!+ out of me!".

    July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • oneSTARman

      I think that was Gandhi; but his publicist cleaned it up for the press

      July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • lorkath

      Not a very creative quote, Ghandi said basically the same thing.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
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