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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. QS

    LMFAO!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  2. IamGOD

    F for failing to show!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • aaaaa

      D for doesn't exist lololol

      July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  3. Soul69

    God created the sick and the poor, because your intelligence is their help and God din't create you to battle him. If you do, he can answer you through his intelligence. You created those floods and famine, if not and if God created those you are incompetent in his thought.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  4. Cindy Nickerson

    Way more to the point is what God thinks of our performance!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  5. Stomen

    In my book, God gets an A...for Absent.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • trashtalking_sumiak

      Don't worry. He'll be present in your judgment day

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

      Such good Christians, trying to make us an offer we can't refuse. God loves you! Accept him or burn!!

      July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  6. f

    So CNN is now JUDGING GOD ??? Yikes. Watch out for the lightning strinking from the blue sky. God is judging the world. Say your prayers.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • rtbrno65

      Yes it would be a shame to be strunk by lightning.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • twolfhound

      So, can we finally decline God's existance when there is no vengence taken out on CNN for the blasphemy?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • sami

      CNN is not doing the judging. They are reporting on a poll taken by Public Policy Polling, Humans did the judging, not CNN.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Descarado

    Archaeologists in Turkey claim to have found the tomb of Philip the Apostle who was crucified. One seldom hears university professors ponder the puzzle of why so many of the apostles who were crucified in different areas over a large span of time never denounced or recanted Jesus. Hmmmmmmmmm?????

    July 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • mari

      How would they know that?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Descarado

      Archaeologists in Turkey claim to have found the tomb of Philip the Apostle who was crucified. One seldom hears university professors ponder the puzzle of why so many of the apostles who were crucified in different areas over a large span of time never denounced or recanted Jesus. Hmmmmmmmmm?????

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      Hmmmm is that what we are supposed to base our faith on? Delusional followers???

      July 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Lil pp

      FINALLY EVIDENCE!! Crusified apostales that Descarado knows didn't denounce jesus when crucified. SUCK IT SCIENCE

      July 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • Magic

      Jim Jones' and David Koresh's disciples never denounced those goofballs either.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  8. Rick

    Is it any wonder!!! Look how America has turned it's back on Him. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • darkstar

      Sorry but Sobek-RA was a better choice for America.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Dan

      Actually, I think God turned his back on us.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • aaaaa

      Yes America, "wake up" and believe a fairy tale with absolutely no conclusive evidence. Stop being sheep, all thinking critically and whatnot.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  9. Mark

    Great article John Blake! Since when is human kind in any sort of position to judge and/or rate God? I already know some of the responses to this:
    1. When we took prayer out of school system
    2. When we removed "under God" out of our national anthem
    3. When we allowed gays/lesbians marriage rights
    4. When George W Bush assumed office
    5. Ect

    July 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • f

      #1 , #2 & #3 Yes. #4 ?? What ?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • yep

      Let's take GOD out of everything, let the fun begin.....
      and just for amusement let's rate God who we had denounced long ago..

      July 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • trashtalking_sumiak

      #1 , #2 & #3 Yes. #4 LOVE IT!!

      July 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • rtbrno65

      #1 prayer was never officialy in the school system, #2 "under God" was never a line in the National Anthem, #3 get over it, #4 I guess..., #5 it's supposed to be "etc", not "ect" 😉

      July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  10. PM

    Humans continue to do what they always do, shirk their responsibility, and blaming someone else for issues they create. So "God" gets the blame. Seems to me a guy almost 2000 years ago got brutalized and scapegoated for the same kind of irresponsibility on the part of both politics and religious systems. You can give human beings the keys to the car and the keys to mansion, the keys to the garden, and even the keys to life but they don't have to take responsibility, thus human history unfolds, messy as it is, there is a goodness that is undeniable even in he midst of the mess we create.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • aaaaa

      If god is all-powerful, he is ultimately responsible for everything that happens. Despite what humans do, I think a single hurricane or tsunami is enough for me to give him the thumbs down.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  11. darkstar

    I think the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Zeus are doing quite a fine job. Much higher than 52%.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  12. Kenrick Benjamin

    MR. Oh Really Where were you when this Universe was created, The Bible tells you in proverbs 3, 19-20 that the Universe was founded on Knowledge, Widsom and Understanding long before science ever did. So read your Bible Please.

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

      The Bible also says the world was flat, made in seven days, and that bats are birds. It's junk information by modern standards. If Christians actually cared about knowledge and understanding then they would desert their Christianity.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  13. George

    This has to be the WORST poll ever conducted. Why don't we just take a poll on how the Sun is doing in its job? Or perhaps take a poll on Rainbows and if they are good for the enviornment or not. Nah, lets do a survey on something that doesn't exist...buncha morons.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • FajitaBob

      This poll compliments of your liberal buddies.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Joe

      I'm willing to bet that YOU, George, are a figment of your imagination!!

      July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Common Sense

      The more that people speak out against God, the stronger that believers will cling to our faith. One day every knee will bow before Him and every voice shall proclaim His eternal triumph.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • ummmm

      "One day every knee will bow before Him and every voice shall proclaim His eternal triumph."

      So this god will force everyone to do this huh...why would you choose to worship such a dictator like that.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Rob

    One big FAIL to describe, God is also more popular than the Messiah Obama. Funny... only on CNN!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Rob: big FAIL to describe you are a conservative. Like many conservatives, you relate everything to President Obama. Obsession is what that's called. The idea that God is more popular than a human politician is not surprisiing. Nor is it surprising that President Obama is more popular than Congressional Republicans and Democrats. The only weird thing about this poll is that anyone who believes in a God would ever disapprove of God's performance. Apparently those are the believers who never read the story of Job.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  15. ModXell

    What a surprise! god also sux as 'his'. Well, I got news for you.................... he always has!

    July 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  16. sean mccoycyber

    i beleve thatgod died on a cross but adam and eve ate from the wrong tree and thats why we have thing go wrong in this world

    July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • aaaaa

      what a childish worldview

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

      aaaaa: here's another childish world view: there is no God–I am the center of my universe!

      July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  17. Adonay Charles

    This is a fitting poll since God's judgment of man will be based on man's judgment of God.
    (scribd.com/adonay_charles)

    July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  18. bobcat2u

    My question is very simple. How do you know which is the TRUE religion ? I have tried many, many religions in my bunch of years, and they all have one thing in common. They all say the same thing. "The only way you can reach the gate of heaven is to be baptized into our faith. How can this be ? There is but one god right ? So how can there be so many different "the only way" doctrines ?

    July 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • kevin

      There is only one way, and it's the Person of Jesus (John 14:6). All "true" (Christian) faiths teach this; they point to Jesus; not to themselves or to being baptized into their church, etc.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • bobcat2u

      @kevin But again, how do you know what is the true doctrine ? Even Jehovahs Witnesses teach the doctrin of christ. So you do understand the confusion don't you ?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • kevin

      @ bobcat2u, As I said, "true" Christians will point to Jesus, not to themselves or to their religious organization. Jehovah's Witnesses point to themselves, their organization and their own self-righteousness as to their reasons why they'll survive the great tribulation. True Christians don't do that, but trust in Christ's merits alone. There's a huge difference. One is self-righteousness, the other is imputed righteousness. Only the latter is sufficient. We must be reborn spiritually (John 3:3); JWs deny that.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @bobcat2u: Maybe one God, but many humans, 7 billion humans = 7 billion points of view. And humans, like all animals, are imperfect. That's why there are so many religious denominations: imperfect humans try to understand a perfect God whose nature cannot be understood by any human mind. Humans need to accept what we all are: really smart apes. We can create beautiful art, cure many diseases, send people into space, solve complex equations... because we have direct access to the physical world. Humans can grasp the concept of a God, but we have no direct access to experience God, nor have our brains evolved to a level that would allow us to understand what a God really is. There is no single "right" religion. It's like trying to describe an elephant by closing your eyes, touching one part of the elephant, and describing what you can feel. You'd be right, and wrong, about what an elephant is like. On the other hand, if a religion brings you inner peace, harms no one, and helps you enjoy your life, it can certainly be called right for you.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  19. b2i1l8l5

    Everything we see today is a result of Satan being in control. He has that power because God wants to prove a point: man cannot govern himself. God is allowing this to happen to prove that point. Satan challenged man would abandon God's laws and commandments given the choice...look at the book of Job. God allowed that to happen. God allows this to happen. You can't blame God for the bad things of this world. He wants you to live and be perfect...not suffer. Satan does. Stop assigning blame where it doesn't belong.

    -I don't have my Bible on me...but what I said is backed up by Scripture.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Steve

      What the hell are you talking about. That kind of thinking means you can rationalize anything into or out of existence. You are smarter than that. What a con job of a story you bought into.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
    • Mick

      just because some nut jobs wrote it doesn't make it true, or mean it is "backed up". Take the book of mormon. Its just a later version of the bible, a collection of fictional stories and scare tactics. The bible is just another book that some retards wrote to implement a control mechanism for the masses. Religion has outlived any usefulness. its time for a religion free world.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Madtown

      I don't have my Bible on me...but what I said is backed up by Scripture.
      -----–
      Human beings wrote the bible. Human beings who want you to believe their angle on the questions concerning the existence of God. In your case, they have succeeded.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Bud

      Book of Job, right; God KILLED all of Job's family and servants, but don't worry, he got NEW ones. Great for Job, not so great for his first family and servants. GROW UP! There is less evidence for God than for Santa Claus!

      July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • ISLAM

      thats close to what muslims think
      b2i1l8l5

      July 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Mike

      [citation needed]

      July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      b2i1l8l5

      -I don't have my Bible on me...but what I said is backed up by Scripture.
      ----------
      Your comic book does not qualify.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • b2i1l8l5

      The Bible was penned by man but was inspired by God. No different than a secretary dictating a businessman's letter. Are those words the secretary's, or the businessman's? It's the same thing. Men were inspired to write the Scriptures.

      God allowed Satan to "touch" Job. That's right there in the Bible. Satan challenged the only reason Job worshipped God was because he had "put a hedge around him". Satan asked to do that stuff to Job...God allowed it. It's about the challenge to God's right to rule. You live, breath, eat, sleep, EXIST because of God. It is your choice to choose to worship him or not. Satan challenged you wouldn't if given the choice. Eve didn't, then Adam didn't. Sin then entered into the world and we are inclined to sin because of that.

      God allows suffering to prove a point that mankind cannot govern themselves. But hey, whenever I turn on the news and see the world around me...it's the opposite, right? We're definitely advancing as a society, right? Men aren't lovers of themselves, having Godly devotion proving false its power, lovers of money, without natural affection...I mean, we're all great right? Give me a break. This system? It's broken. Nothing mankind can do will fix it-sorry to burst your bubble.

      Things will get better...eventually. When this system goes away. That time is coming. Only God knows when, but it is coming.
      .

      July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @b2i1I8I5: Satan is not in control. Humans do things and blame their own human actions on the Devil. Humans simply have the potential to do both good and evil. These are choice we make, not actions driven by Satan or God. We alone re responsible for our own acts, else the whole concepts of sin and salvation are meaningless. Events in the human world are the result of humans being in control, not gods or devils. Whether this Earth is more like Heaven or more like Hell depends entirely on what we humans make of it. In the whole, I agree with the words made famous in song by Louis Armstrong: "...I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

      July 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  20. Steve

    Well if it's "Always in gods hands" like I always hear parroted by his believers. Than his approval rate should be an unmistakable 100 percent.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Common Sense

      Yeah, except that not 100% believers were polled. Doy.

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

      @Common Sense Really? There is no way I would of figured that out without your insight. I am so glad you are here to state the obvious.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
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