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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. Will

    God, lol people still believe in that myth...

    July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • 210

      oh yea cuz the big bang theory is 100% convincing since humans know EVERYTHING there is to know about the universe. remember the "world must be flat" theory they had in the christopher columbus days? yea how did that theory work out....

      July 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
    • Oh Really?

      @210. The world was flat theory? Thanks for bringing that up. That time period was when your stone age sheep and goat herders were eating things that helped the hallucinate and start thinking there was a god.

      They also thought the earth was the center of the universe....all the while trying to write what would become the scriptures. Funny how those scriptures were "the word of a god" and men wrote them.

      You asked me to prove there is no god. It is hard to prove a negative. Why don't you prove your god is real and exists?

      I'll get the popcorn out pie hole face.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • The Guy

      @210, you opened the door for getting you as-s whooped on this one. The "world is flat" theory was actually perpetuated by the bible, big guy. The ancient Greeks theorized the world was round long before this theory was out there.

      Btw, the big bang theory is based on observational proof. The world is flat theory was assumed based on lines in a book – not much logic or science behind that one.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • News Flash

      @210
      The point is the Big Bang is a THEORY. They're NOT saying it's the perfect TRUTH. When a better theory comes along, science will be ok with that, unlike your myth, which says it is the LAST WORD on the subject.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • smj

      @ Oh really,
      Lets talk about a few things. Science says that the sun is 4 billion years old. The sun burns off 5ft per hour of its surface. If you do the math the sun would have occupied the space from where the sun is now, to cover the earths orbit. So life would not have been able to develop at all based on the age of the sun. If you do the math the sun only has enough mass for about 120,000 years. Not the 2 billion years that science says we have. You mean to tell me that all of the systems and microsystems that exist were created by accident? Not at all. God is the creator of all, period. By the way please tell me what Scriptures are not true? What is written in the Bible that is so hard to believe?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Rob

      The sun is shrinking?

      Lol, not even close to being true

      http://solar-center.stanford.edu/FAQ/Qshrink.html

      July 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • smj

      @ Rob,
      Ok, you found a source that says the sun is not shrinking. There are sources that say the sun is shrinking
      .http://www.icr.org/article/sun-shrinking/ Both have a bias. Both have a reason to attempt to look for evidence to support their claim. Do you have any instruments that can measure the sun over time? Neither do I. How can you say for sure who is right and who is wrong? Does this argument sound familiar? Of course it does. You cannot just laugh it off, unless you are a fool. The inability to say with 100% certainty that something cannot be, automatically forces us to keep an open mind.
      Not doing so leads to major misconceptions.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • The Guy

      @smj, considering Genesis has been refuted entirely I would say you can start there.

      Matthew and Luke are also considered to be unreliable based on actual historical records from the time period scribed by Romans, Jews, and even other follows of christ. This has led to pretty much every unbiased theological scholar throwing it out entirely.

      Also, Abraham seems to have lived a little past average life expectancy for his time...

      July 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Rob

      @smj

      Did you *really* just try to prove something by posting a creationist link?

      You're dafter than I thought

      July 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • The Guy

      HAHA! Literally just burst out laughing at my desk.

      Gotta love the, "Biblical. Accurate. Certain." tagline, too.
      By definition accurate and certain contradict each other.
      One means to be close to correct the other means absolutely correct.

      Simply in awe.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • smj

      @the guy
      OK so lets think about this a minute. Tell me what period of history was accurately recorder? There are countless pieces of history that are completely wrong, or they are flat out lies. Look at the holocaust. There are actually people out there that believe it never happened. Thousands of witnesses, photographs and some raw footage all say otherwise. You actually are trying to say that something written thousands of years ago can accurately be refuted? If you read the Bible you will notice a certain flow. Each Book leads in to the other. There are some differences between book, but you also have to take into account point of view. Anyway to say that Genesis has been refuted is ridiculous. 500 years from now I wonder what they will be saying about the whether or not Hitler had the Jews systematically executed. Will that be refuted as well?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • smj

      @Rob,

      That was the point. creationist vs scientific view. There is more than one view. Saying that I am "daft" does not make your point any more valid. That is a fallacy. Stop and think about what I am saying, and if possible use words not insults.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  2. N

    @MaxBart, I wouldn't be all that concerned, y'know, given that god doesn't exist and whatnot.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  3. Kenrick Benjamin

    God is and will always be, because he/she is External, outside of Eternal and everthing that exist including Nothing. Giving him/her a vantage point like no other, thus better being able to handle man's array of issues with regards to his word.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Spiffy

      If God lives outside the bonds of our universe then he can not exist within it. You cannot disobey the laws of our universe and exist in it too.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • moornook

      huh?.... and tell me please how exactly do you know this?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Colin

      The Leprechaun King is and will always be, because he/she is External, outside of Eternal and everthing that exist including Nothing. Giving him/her a vantage point like no other, thus better being able to handle man's array of issues with regards to his word.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Oh Really?

      Just another brain washed human who spouts what they believe and none of what is actually proved.

      How about showing proof of your ludicrous claims?

      Where was your man made god when all the earthquakes hit all over the world? Where was your man made god when the hurricanes, blizzards, and any number of other human killing events hit this world?

      Was it sitting back, eating donuts, drinking coffee with its feet propped up on a desk?

      Inquiring real minds want to know.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • 210

      @oh really? proved what? nobody can prove god is real. nobody can prove god is fake. shut your pie hole. you cant see the air youre breathing right now. does that mean it isnt there?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • FajitaBob

      Spiffy: that is the worst attempt at logic ever! Finish your joint.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Evan

      actually although u cant physically see it with the naked eye, we can measure, detect, and even use other types of optical technology to "see" air. Your metaphor is horrid. God should have helped you come up with better one.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • The Guy

      @210, under your theory Santa exists to children because there are presents are under the tree...

      July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • News Flash

      @210
      Wrong again. We CAN prove the "air" is there, by more than one method, and what the const'ituents of it are. If you idiots would take a fifth grade science course instead of going to bible study, you might learn something.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      210
      Light a match. Put a can over it. That tell you anything ?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • smj

      Oh really..... Be careful what you say. I would not want to be you and have to explain your words. Just saying.

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

    THIS JUST IN: Atheists only make up 2% of the population, but make the overwhelming majority of comments in the Belief Blog [mostly about how they assert that those who think that the ground of being can think are idiots].

    Most conclude this to be overwhelming evidence that atheists have difficulty getting laid.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Capercorn

      I mean, neckbeards are just plain unattractive these days.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Colin

      Depending on how the question is framed, I would put us at about 15% to 20% of the population.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • moornook

      hey capercorn...choir boys don't count do they?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • Evan

      NEWSFLASH: The devout feel threatened by progress in society and attempt to preserve "tradition" using scare tactics.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  5. Dan

    Funny? yep. Pathetic? absolutely. Why? Because we choose to mess up what what given to us. People think if God wanted this or did that, it would happen. Think God wants to see people go to hell every single day? No. But they do. They most definitely do. We created a world without God in it. It's not God's "performance" measured here. It's our own ability that is measured. Clearly we don't measure up.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Kyley

      good point Dan

      July 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  6. FajitaBob

    C N N s reporting of this wacko, fringe-leftie non-story proves one thing: C N N is trying depserately to stir up some sh!t prior to the next election. And what idiot completes an automated interview?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Frank

      Can we really believe someone with 'fajita' in their name? I am guessing 'No'.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • FajitaBob

      What's wrong with Fajita? About par with frank, eh?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • The Guy

      Geez I dunno. One is an inanimate food item and another is the name of a human being with a brain.
      I think St. Francis would also have something to say about your disrespect of his name...

      July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  7. Keane vicaire

    CNN poll says 52% of Americans think God is Glen Beck and he's doing a great job!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  8. SecularVoice

    Why is this a story?

    July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • come on man

      @SecularVoice
      because issues like this define who we are, It obviously attracted your attention !

      July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  9. Randy

    Who are we go judge how God is doing? He is the ultimate judge and when we stand before him, there will not be on person that will be able to dare question Him.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • Oh Really?

      Can I have some of that water you're drinking? I want to hallucinate as much as you are and love it too.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  10. come on man

    God is not limited by human expectations..........

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

      What is God limited by?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Only by human imagination.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  11. smj

    Whether we believe in Him or not, He exists. Did anyone else note in the question God is referred to as an it? All these stories do is attempt to discredit God, and bring him down a notch. Every story about Jesus or God these days is written for that purpose. Well almost all, because I am sure there are people out there who have some nice things to say. In case anyone does not realize that most of the predictions about the end days have already come to pass. We are on borrowed time now. Stay faithful and believe in Jesus Christ, and don't worry about the evils of this world. He is in charge and everyone will answer to Him in good time.

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

      God isn't real. Stop spreading fear.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • FajitaBob

      Amen! P.S. you will definitely NOT see a positive story on religion on C N N! They only post this garbage to incite the Leftie nutjobs

      July 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • Oh Really?

      How about taking your jesus wiped somewhere else. That story is full of holes and the scriptures are a bunch of forgeries with liars writing them.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  12. Charlie

    People want God for just two selfish reasons. 1) They want God to grant them their wishes, like a genie. They would prefer the lamp, but God will do. 2) They want to be immortal, like the Greek Gods.
    Our existence itself is overwhelming interesting if you have learned any biology. What we are leaning about existence is fascinating. We own this time, our life, and cannot change what we now do or have done. We must write a story of our time and life into the fabric of the universe. A story we can be proud of. I doubt God actually cares what we think of God. Judging God's performance is like a student grading the teacher.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Oh Really?

      "I doubt God actually cares what we think of God. Judging God's performance is like a student grading the teacher."

      Hard for a non-being to think at all.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  13. God

    I can fly, walk on water, and turn water into wine. I need a cape, not robes.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Chuck Norris

      Capes are for pansies.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  14. bachmanntwit

    Michele Bachmann believes that Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble actually existed and that there were really foot powered cars.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  15. james

    This has got to be one of the dumbest articles I think I've ever seen. It shows greatly the arrogance of man. First off, how is it that man, in all his infinite ignorance, can even begin ponder what God may or may not think. As far as approval... Give me a break already!! NO WHERE does it say that God is to take each of us by the hand and make our choices for us. WE were given freewill for a reason. It is UP TO EACH PERSON to decide how they wish to live and how they choose to interact with other people. ALL of man's problems from the individual all the way up to nations ARE BY OUR OWN MAKING!!! God didn't tell man to by stupid, lazy, cowards that sit around while their world turns to garbage. BLAMING GOD FOR THE IGNORANT CHOICES OF INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY HAS GOT TO BE THE DUMBEST IDEA GOING!!!! Speaks volumes to how lost millions and millions of people are.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Colin

      Or, put another way – everything good in the world is due to my invisible friend, but everything bad is not.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  16. Skegeeace

    Arlighty! Well to the 48% who disapprove, let's see how much better you can do at creating an entire world. Oh wait...

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  17. Gavin Ford

    People: the words "he" and "him" are never capitalized unless it is the first word of a sentence. It doesn't matter if you are talking about "God" or any other fictional character.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • 210

      if i had a pu$$y name like gavin, i would hate God too.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  18. Evan

    What is attributable to god? Didn't god create Obama, Boehner, and therefore this enitire debt crisis? Adamant believers always seem to pick and choose what was god's doing and what to hold god accountable for. The tsunami in 2004 was god telling the hethen of Indonesia to get on the jesus train. But the torando breakout this spring? If anything, we should thank god for saving those who made it through... right.

    To me, this sounds like a psychotic dilussion. Just like when a parent's kid does something bad in school: It cant be MY kid, it must have been the teachers or the administrators or Obama. except in this case, we are attributing the collective outcomes of every decision made and every chance occurance to one being, and then approving or disappoving how well that being has done based on what we think of those outcomes. CRAAAAAAAAZY Talk!

    July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  19. us1776

    Obama is only trailing God by a mere 7% !!

    God: 52%
    Obama: 45%

    .

    July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • God

      I am Obama. Black god is in now-a-days

      July 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  20. PDX_Atheist

    There is no god, therefore this article is completely bogus.

    July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • FIST

      EXACTLY!!!! I would buy into Santa's approval rating before god.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • 4mercy

      Will pray for Him to open your heart and allow his Grace to enter.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
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