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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

Filed under: Belief • Faith • God • Polls • Uncategorized

soundoff (2,575 Responses)
  1. Kathy Shaw

    You've got to be kidding!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      Does CNN (the biggest media wh*re in the universe) ever kid about anything??

      July 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  2. gaucho420

    Go to Africa and tell them there's a god. Go to your local cancer treatment facility for children and tell them there's a god. Go to the graveyards of WWII and tell those poor souls there's a god.

    There is no god, because if there was...I'd want a new one. We are lucky to be here typing on comment boxes, while most of the worlst doesn't have a bed to sleep at nigh, doesn't have enough food and is struggles to live every day.

    Only a rich country full of naive individuals who can't see past the tip of their noses would insist on a notion of a caring god.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Pras

      Very naive and can't see beyond the tip of the nose.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Majestic_Lizard

      You call it nature, some call it God. The reality is that there are forces that exist beyond the control of man that should be respected. If one does not respect these forces, one is an idiot.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Majestic_Lizard

      And I was referring to the author, not to you Gaucho.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      God does not intervene in this world, simply because he gave us the power of free will to make our own choices. The existence of God is not proven by our actions or beliefs, but rather by the evidence of his existence that surrounds all of us. People don't die, suffer, or succeed because of any intervention on his part. What happens to us is what happens due to random chance, fate, and our own choices. If you want to understand and get to know him, DON'T try or pretend to, simply acknowledge the gifts he gave us and believe. This is the key.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      In the grand scheme of things, we are but specks of sand on a beach that stretches for eternity. All of what has happened and happens is completely irrelevant to what WILL happen to each and every one of us when this trial-run is over. Until this day comes upon us, it's best to simply try to live in peace within yourself. Living with peace within yourself allows you to live in peace with others. This world ain't perfect, but it is what it is. Stop questioning and simply do the best you can with what you have and the tools that were given to you.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • princemwh

      hmmm so there are no Christian cancer patients, no Christians in Africa, and I'm also supposed to talk to dead soldiers? one of us is naive allright.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  3. Chirag

    This is funny... Even God cants get 100%. Damn unhappy people.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Majestic_Lizard

      You don't give "God" and approval rating unless you want to go straight to hell.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      I agree. Americans are a spoiled lot. What America needs is a mega-disaster to wake its people up. In time my friends... in time.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  4. sonofgadfly

    What a coincidence. I approve of about 52% of his work.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  5. confused

    Who said we dont have money and/or time to waste?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  6. adam

    It's incredible that atheists try to argue that if God exists than His actions would be immoral by Him not intervening and taking away our pain and suffering. Their argument is based on morality existing, and that God's seemingly hands off approach is immoral. The problem is it's an argument in support of morality existing. They are essentially saying since God is immoral He can't exist. But if morality exists God MUST exist. So they are arguing completely and utterly against themselves.

    Ps, a social contract isn't morality.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Spiffy

      You are basing your assumption off of God being the definition of morality. He is clearly not. Morality comes from human beings not magical invisible men.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Jim

      Prove 'if morality exists God MUST exist'.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • sonofgadfly

      By what criteria do you determine if morality "exists"? And how would its existence imply the existence of a deity?

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

      I have a question for you:

      Why did God send prophets to different people at different times through history, with each prophet carrying a slightly different set of rules? Why was each prophet told that their rules are the final revision, and to kill anyone who didn't follow? What kind of monster would do that? Surely with his omniscience, God knew that the various people worshipping him would go to war?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Life

      It's great that you bring up morality. As an Atheist, if I have my value system clear, I have no absolvtion and will always have to answer to my conscience. However, if you believe in a "God", as shown thoughout history, you can always justify the most evil things possible.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • AB

      Basically This
      It's incredible that atheists try to argue that if God exists than His actions would be immoral by Him not intervening and taking away our pain and suffering. Their argument is based on morality existing, and that God's seemingly hands off approach is immoral. The problem is it's an argument in support of morality existing. They are essentially saying since God is immoral He can't exist. But if morality exists God MUST exist. So they are arguing completely and utterly against themselves.

      TY adam

      July 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Ken

      mo·ral·i·ty/məˈralətē/Noun
      1. Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
      2. Behavior as it is affected by the observation of these principles.

      That is a remarkable piece of circular logic you put on display there. As you can see, the above definition makes no requirement that there be a god. I suggest you read "The Moral Landscape" by Sam Harris if you want to see the opening foray in the quest to use science to determine human morality and values.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • adam

      I like to read Sam Harris books and count the contradictions. He states morality doesn't exist. Then goes on and on about the immorality of religious people. Such a sad, sad state of events. That definition of morality you gave has to be backed up with reason for its existence, ya know? I can tell you what an apple is. But it's a different thing to back up its existence with reason and logic. You have no reason to believe morality exists. So sorry to inform.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  7. derp

    In a recent of poll of current and ex girlfriends my johnson garnered an 83% approval rating.

    Imagine that, my junk outscored god by 31 points.

    Take that Yaweh!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • God

      Lying is a sin.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  8. MIke Prede

    ....uncredible the "logic" of atheists making God responsible for everything that goes on around the world....AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    how delusional is that?
    economic crisis? hunger in africa? all God's fault! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
    get your meds yet?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Atheists don't blame things on someone they don't think exists. Maybe you should check your meds.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • SlayFalseGod

      Is your magic underwear on too tight again ???????

      July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • derp

      it is almost as absurd as fundies giving god credit for everything from winning the superbowl to saving them from a tornadoe that kills hundreds.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • God

      Mike, quit taking me so seriously. Tallidega Nights was correct, I wear a Tuxedo t-shirt because I dress nice, and I like to party.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Life

      Funny. The "believers" only ridicule but have no sound argument.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • adrifter

      Among thousands of idiotic comments on CNN message boards, yours stands out for its sheer illogic. Atheists blaming something they don't believe exists. God, that's funny.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  9. His mercy endures forever!

    We trash the world he created for us, we tell school children to stop praying to him, we make it illegal to display his ten commandments, we treat doing right as wrong, and doing wrong right; we disregard his book, and we basically treat him as irrelevant...but when calamity strikes we wonder "Where are you God?" or "Why are you letting this happen to me?" and we ask ourselves "Do you think that God is doing a good job?" Perhaps we should do a poll on "How well do you think humanity is honoring God, respecting his creation, his world; obeying his commandment to love him and to love others as ourselves?" However, despite all that we've done, despite our ignoring him, despite our telling him that we want to run our own lives, despite our denying him and rejecting him, God continues to love us and is waiting for us to turn back to him.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • IzuA

      Good 1. Thanks for speaking truth. God is good all the time. Just embrace his grace and mercy and see what a wonderful world this will be.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  10. God

    I'm having a party at my mansion in Malibu, blow will be provided. Only atheist girls allowed... Leave Purity rings at the door please.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • MIke Prede

      My Christian girl is way more liberated than the crazy atheist I had once.....OHOHOHOH
      atheist can't even have an orgasm!

      July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • God

      Thats because you couldnt give her one Mike, I was there.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • God

      Remember? She yelled, "oh, god, yes"

      July 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Sam

      Christian girls are much better in bed for the most part. They know how to sin. Just wouldn't ever want to marry one since they tend to be arrogant. I have always wondered ow a woman who has been taking it from three guys can claim moral superiority in whether or not two consenting adults can do want they want in private.

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

      Sam, the words you are looking for is Oral superiority

      July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Guest

      LOL

      July 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  11. Santiago Rodriguez

    This article is incredibly scary. How far can our arrogance go as to think that we may know better than God? Don't we know that the mess we have here on earth is all our doing? When are we going to realize that this earth would look more like Heaven if we would only invite God to run it? We are despising the Mercy of God and the Compassion of His Heart. We are nothing next to Him. We are breathing because of His grace, and yet we think we can rate His performance? Forgive us God....

    July 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      Stupid is as stupid does.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • seshu.babu

      Weren`t there disastrous b4 2000 AC or b4 million years?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Rationalist

      Ignorance is bliss.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  12. MIke Prede

    ONLY a delusional emotional disturbed people invest all on "logic" and "conclusions"....AHAHAHAHAH atheists, atheists...so simple, pathetic, poor humans...... ONLY you to ignore Science and spent your time to fight someone that simply "doesn't exist" AHAHAHAHA how pathetic is that? OHOHOHOH

    July 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Me

      how about us people who could not care either way? Neither side can be proven or disproven...its all irrelevant, move on with your life instead of trying to prove an opinion.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Really?

      How do u say there is a god and not ignore science? Science will prove there is no god he is made up to help ppl deal with bad things in there life an imaginary safety net for those not strong enough to live on there own

      July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • JD

      so your also saying God doesn't exist?...that would also make you what your mocking, an atheist....Uneducated FAIL

      July 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Rationalist

      Neither you nor anyone else can confirm nor deny the existence of any sort of "God." Dealt with it and move on.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  13. Lhart

    lol the ppl who believe in god and actually think god talks to them in their heads are the ones who should get a DSM-IV

    July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  14. princemwh

    I find it absolutely hilarious that some of you people know your right about there not being a God, yet offer zero proof of your thoughts. Neither side has concrete proof, so shut it and learn how to live together. Also, just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean you are some genius. I'm sick of being called a non-thinker when I'm willing to bet it takes more thought to have faith in something

    July 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • gaucho420

      What a simple comment. To say there's some higher power, you need proof. faith don't cut it and having grandpa and grandma beleive in it since they were born doesn't cut it either. To claim something as outlandish as that...those claiming it better have some sort of proof, versus those who simply look around and see the obvious.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • DC from NJ

      Actually, if you look at history, atheists live together very well. In case you haven't noticed, it's the people who believe in a god that have been busy killing each other over the centuries..... God, please save me from those who believe in you!

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

      People can make any ridiculous claim of anything existing. Just because we can't offer 100% proof that it doesn't exist doesn't mean it does. I can't disprove invisible unicorns live at the center of the moon. Does that mean that I should be agnostic about it?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • sonofgadfly

      I don't care WHAT people want to believe. I don't care what they want to take on faith. Government, though, is another matter. I take it VERY seriously when a government acts out of ignorance. I take it VERY seriously when a large segment of the US population tries to get the government to do just that.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • princemwh

      You people just don't get it do you? You say I need proof to believe in a higher power, yet you don't need to disprove a higher power? that seems sort of silly doesn't it? I appreciate it when zero minded people argue with me over a topic that is extremely easy to grasp. I'm not pushing religion at all, just saying I'd appreciate you backing up your statements of not believing in a higher power since Christians constantly get asked for proof. Also why do you come on a religion blog if you have zero religion? I hate people that just try to cause trouble, I work with them all the time.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Jen

      You cannot prove that anything DOESN'T exist. Prove to me that invisible flying unicorns don't exist, please! If you can't, well then, you'd better believe in them!

      Nonsense. The burden of proof is ALWAYS on the person who claims that something exists.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  15. George_W_Dufus

    next poll....

    Is CNN doing a good job creating poll topics?

    90% disagree!

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

      Not a good job doing polls. Somebody at CNN is wasting their time. God doesn't care whether people think He's doing a good job or not.

      Interesting, though, how those that claim they don't believe are so hot under the collar to post statements about something they don't believe exists. How many posts are entered here from people who don't believe in Santa Claus? Do those that do believe in Santa have to defend their belief every day? Is the legendary jolly man the subject of ridicule anywhere? No. Why not? hmmm

      Atheists who enter hate posts here are even more illogical than the religion they mock, thereby nullifying their own opinion.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • princemwh

      I would argue they are doing a great job considering you and me are both here right? I mean the main goal of internet sites is to raise marketing revenue, looks like they got us both.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  16. martini paul

    CNN just loves to jerk Christian chains. 928 peope were polled-wow! Now that's definitive! If they knew there were moderates, etc. among them, did they also include atheists? What area of the country were the respondents from? This crap can be twisted so many ways to get the results you want. And who hired these 'pollsters'? CNN? John Blake? Why didn't they ask what God's approval rating of mankind was? Are there any Christians on CNN's belief staff? Why don't they clearly state their editorial policy? Why don't they let us know their OWN beliefs so the public can know how biased they are? Let's see-300,000,000 citizens, 928 respondents-

    July 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Chuck Rowles

      God was called by the pollsters, but he was not home. This is a pity, because it was predicted that any answer he gave would have had absolutely no margin for error.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  17. Adam

    I wonder how much of that 52 percent is social desirability bias?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  18. William Demuth

    All of this because Mary was giving some to a Centurion but kept insisting to her virgin husband that she was a virgin too!

    This gave Jesus the complex that caused Christianity. A gay role model father and a liar for a mother.

    Is it any wonder the guy end up hanging out with men in caves, pitching the whole son of God story, just so he could get under their togas.

    Virgin mother indeed! Hey Jesus, do you want to buy a bridge?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  19. steelerguin

    I don't think God cares what his approval rating is. More importantly we should care what He thinks of us.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Rex Lutherin

      Exactly.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  20. MIke Prede

    ...atheists, atheists....ohoh...all that thirst of fighting someone that simply "doesn't exist" AHAHAHAHAHAH all the time, energy, resources, emotions invested on that!
    ..guys, guys, go get a DSM-IV !
    ahahahahahahah

    July 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • Oh clueless one

      You just really don't get it do you ?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Me

      I get it, your a troll. Is trolling CNN forums worth your time? but i will state again, neither side can be proven or dis proven, technically anyone who takes a side should get checked, believers and non-believers alike.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Not fighting God.
      Just His sycophantic, narrow minded, delusional, sometimes violent followers.
      As for DSM-IV diagnosis:
      Auditory hallucinations
      Delusions of being controlled by an outside force
      Disorganized speech
      All symptoms of Schiziphrenia.
      That, or fervent religious belief.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
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