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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. Petey

    This article sounds like grade-school religion.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Byrd

      Only because people with unlearned and small minds actually believe in this crap, but the rest of us are intelligent enough to discuss it without getting our panties in a wad.

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

    52%? Boy, but you people are far too kind. I'd give him a flat zero and nothing more. I couldn't have created a world this screwed up if I tried and I don't have a fraction of the powers theologians have attributed to this god – well, maybe a little more than that...

    We live in a Universe of matter over mind and that's the worst possible place you could ever put humans and those who must consume to live. I would have created instead a universe of mind over matter – no wars, no death, no destruction.

    Trust me on this one, but this god we apparently have running rampant around here is one flaming idiot, and If any of you ever get to talk to him, tell him I said so. WE have a few old scores to settle.
    ...

    Clay

    July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • f

      All the troubles on Earth are/were created by Man, not God. Earth was a little slice of Heaven when Adam and Eve first arrived. God loves you and hopefully one day you will find God and his message for you. Open you eyes.

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

      I'm sure god would approve of your answer because it takes all of the load off of him. But I don't buy that flimsy excuse for even a nanosecond. Or did you forget about the all-knowing(omniscient) , all-loving and all-caring part of his or her supposed nature?

      He seems to be falling down on practically all of those points to me – as any starving kid in Africa or anywhere else might tell you who live where the Earth is definitely not providing, even for the birds and beats of the field.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Brandon

      Adam and Eve never existed. 99.99999999% of the universe is completely and utterly hostile to life. And is has been for about 14 billion years before the Adam and Eve story was ever conceived

      July 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • Soul69

      We heve the power to destroy this world and wipeout humanity too, that may be a profound answer of your demise.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • Byrd

      Good point, Brandon. Curious that he would make such a huge percentage of the Universe hostile and in fact deadly to those made in his image.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  3. Name

    comment section of religious artical = atheists ranting against religion

    lol, get a life people.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • AvdBerg

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      July 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  4. AreYouaBeliever

    CNN taking a pole on GOD's job performance.

    I rate HIM 100%

    As for fallen mankind who has tried to compete with HIM, I would rate us at zero %.

    We can follow HIS was which are pure. So if we even attempt to score HIM, we are all fools.

    Get this clear in your feable little minds, we cannot fathom what HE has in store for us.

    Let's just judge our performance since the garden of eden. That was the last time everything was perfect. And we blew it.

    GOD wants the very best for us, but we continue to refuse it. We think we can do better without HIM.

    Well, how is that working out for all of you?

    When you are ready to stop your ways and adopt HIS, let the rest of us know.

    THANKS AND GOOD NIGHT.

    HIS grace and mercy for all of us. We need it.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • f

      Well said ! Best post so far. God Bless.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • sam

      These are always my favorite posts, the ones that RANDOMLY put things in ALL CAPS to make a POINT. A+ for standard evangelical lockstep, my friend.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • yep

      100% on point, well articulated....

      July 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • petercha

      Very good points, Are. Keep on posting!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • AreYouaBeliever

      @sam

      I believe and worship in the one true GOD, hence my reverence to HIM. HE is the KING of kings, LORD of lords, HE is GOD above all other gods. You god(s) are not worthy of HIM.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  5. Alex

    guys guys guys, if i do not believe in god, why are you guys going to give me a hard time. I am sorry that I do not have imaginary friends, but you seem pretty insecure by telling me that i have to believe in god. This new was hillarious, i think... keep it up CNN

    July 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  6. morpheus

    Of course the ratings are down. Stupid voters don't know enough to vote for GOD with their hearts, not their hands !

    July 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  7. f

    It amazes me that so many people claim to be "non-believers" when there is so much evidence that God is here with us every day, and Jesus was here on Earth. The Earth itself and your own life are proof enough. As the cynics say, "The Bible was written by humans", yes, but only after witnessing the miracles of Jesus' life and death and resurrection. It may be imperfect because it was written by humans and not God, but it is the guidebook for living. For those in CNN and elsewhere who judge God, I feel sorry for you. You should watch out for lightning bolts. You don't judge God, God judges man.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Alex

      so are you saying that you have an imaginary friend?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Jody

      prove it is more than a story

      July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Andy

      Tell whatever lies you want, there is no evidence at all that anything in the bible ever happened. None. There were 30 known historians in Jerusalem at the time that fairy tale supposedly took place and not one of them mentioned any of the events from the bible. It's all lies and fairy tales.

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

      > It amazes me that so many people claim to be "non-believers" when there is so much evidence that God is here with us every day, and Jesus was here on Earth. The Earth itself and your own life are proof enough.

      It amazes me that people naturally go towards a God because they don't understand "how it could have happened". I'm sorry but not knowing how something occured does not mean a God did it.

      > As the cynics say, "The Bible was written by humans", yes, but only after witnessing the miracles of Jesus' life and death and resurrection.

      Actually, the earliest book was written about 40 years later. And then the following books were changed to meet with the political and social issues of the day. Not to mention, many books were cut out by man.

      > It may be imperfect because it was written by humans and not God, but it is the guidebook for living.

      Then God clearly doesn't care about us having accurate information and knowing what it really wants.

      > For those in CNN and elsewhere who judge God, I feel sorry for you. You should watch out for lightning bolts. You don't judge God, God judges man.

      I judge God based on my own intellect because that's all I can use. You can say that it's not right, however, the only minds that have been proven to exist are the minds of humans. Now, when God does silly, stupid and needlessly complex things, despite being all powerful, that's when my human intellect says "That's stupid."

      God impregnated a woman with himself to give birth to himself to have himself spread the message that he himself wanted. To make a loophole for a sin that he created, God sacrifices himself to himself in a mock blood ritual, because he'll raise himself from the penalty of death imposed by himself on himself to prove that he himself is the one true God.

      That's stupid.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Guelph

      No, actually, the events weren't recorded by the people who witnessed them. They were recorded by people who got them third-hand from people who were already believers. Even if we give those believers the benefit of the doubt and say that they honestly believed they saw the events, that doesn't eliminate the possibility of hallucination or self-deception.

      Ever play the game "Telephone", where you tell something to one person, they tell it to the next person, and so on in a circle until by the time it gets back to the first person, it's completely different. The Bible is basically a game of telephone that's been going on for 3,000 years.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Brandon

      You should take a trip to Africa sometime, might pit the reality of the world in perspective for you

      July 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  8. trcall

    It's "Him", not 'it's'. Seriously...

    July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Guelph

      Prove it.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Jody

      not if its a her

      July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • f

      I agree and take offense to CNN's label of "its" rather than God being called "Him".

      July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • Name

      Call him whatever you want: Allah, God, Him, It, She, YWH... Same thing.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  9. IamGOD

    I invented MALARIA for you guys and killed 20 billion of you with it , and you still give me 52%?

    July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Name

      We can't understand God, for he is infinite. We believe that it has reason beyond our reasoning.

      Or you could think of it that way too if you don't believe

      July 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • IamGOD

      Yeah, aha, and we can't understand Hitler... your argument makes no sense. I love it how Christians always defend immoral acts of GOD by claiming "he works in mysterious ways" ... Yeah, Hitler also worked in mysterious ways...

      July 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  10. Pitt Cairn

    Does this mean God won't be running for re-election next year?

    July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Madtown

      He may need to launch a bus tour.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • Name

      Noone can take his place, so hes staying I guess

      July 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  11. antony

    winning a majority vote on anything in America is meaningless, yet quite dangerous at the same time. Bush was voted in twice by America... that destroyed the US's perception around the world and he was in the driving seat for the biggest financial breakdown ever, not to mention the wars, WMD's etc etc. He is one of these idiots that will think this god creature is doing a fine job and is looking after his "sheep" So while this pretend person in the sky is always in the conversation and behind many of the religious peoples reasons for doing things, we will stand still as a species, probably even go backwards, which are starting to see with whats on TV these days or if you try to have a conversation with a child...but hey, its all becuse god moves in mysterious ways, so that makes it ok. Good job God, but if you were working in the real world and had this type of performance, you would have had your pink slip and been a homeless bum long ago! I will put on my metal hat now:)

    July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • Brandon

      Actually Bush lost the majority vote, the only reason we wee subjected to him as president was because of the archaic electoral college system

      July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  12. David Sparks

    the only thing more shocking than the fact that he even got above 50% is the fact that AMERICANS gave him this score lmfao. The most prosperous country on the planet which has every possibly luxury available. while the rest of the worlds children starve to death, Americans watch reality TV on their sofa. Unless of course the people voting to into account the rest of the world, I'd say God has earned himself a solid 3 to 15% approval rating. War, disease, poverty, starvation, clean drinking water, genocide. He's done nothing about. some god…

    July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • IamGOD

      lol i agree

      July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Name

      Why would God make that horrible stuff? Its beyond our understanding, and remember how there is a devil

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

      Jesus rules!!!!! He preaches nothing but love for me. 10 commandments are my guiding light.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  13. Paul

    Thank you for a much-needed lift in my – er – spirits today! Leave it to the religious nut jobs, though, to take this article too seriously and take the fun out of it. If you doubt for a moment that God might just have a sense of humor...take a long look in the (full-length) mirror. Without your clothes on.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  14. july

    It is freaky that people get so angry, defensive and agressive towaards those who do not believe in God. Why care? That's the part I don't get. You believe so everyone has to believe? That does not make you seem too secure. Believe what you want and let others have their own beliefs. Seems fair enough.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • The Bobinator

      It's because they know deep down that they have no real reason to believe in a God. They just do because they like it.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Brandon

      Because it touches on their own insecurities about dedicating a significant portion of their life views to an invisible sky God.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • o.k.

      July–I agree. You believe what you want to believe (or not), and I'll believe what I want to believe (God exists), and then we could then agree that the name-calling and vitriol that seems to permeate these posts have not place in a civilized debate. I understand why atheists and agnostics who are offended when Christians tell them they are immoral and/or their going to Hell. But, the, to address your specific question: "It is freaky that people get so angry, defensive and aggressive towards those who do not believe in God. Why care?" Perhaps its that many here, too, say things that are designed not to further a debate, but to childishly seek the very reaction you are complaining about–i.e., "mythical man in the sky," "uneducated," "unintelligent," "backwards," "Hillbilly"–I can go on. To the Christians reading this post–show love, as commanded by our Lord. Don't be so thin skinned by nothing more than school yard name calling. To the atheists and agnostics–show love (do you really need a reason)? Don't be so thin skinned by nothing more than school yard name calling.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • o.k.

      Oops–wish this had a spell check–meant "they're" not their.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  15. westfield

    Only Democrats would think of a poll like this....

    July 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • sheba

      Yeah, but Republicans answered.

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

      I've yet to meet a republican that wasn't indoctrinated into Christianity since birth, so that's a pretty safe statement

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

      I've meet a few that were not

      July 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • some girl

      Tool.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  16. Atheist

    I know this doesn't relate directly to the article but people on here are talking about how god gave us all free will.

    I just wanted to say that there is no such thing as free will. All we are are animals that will react to their surroundings a certain way. The only reason we are better off than all the other animals is that we do a much better job at learning from our mistakes and not doing something stupid again.

    There is no soul, there are just chemical reactions in the brain that lead to us doing stuff.
    If you were a neurosurgeon, you could potentially make someone do whatever you wanted them to just by rewiring their brain a bit, even if doing that thing was originally the worst thing that person could think of, they would still do it.

    Souls don't exist, there is no afterlife, there is no god.
    sorry.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • bob

      This is one of the few times I have seen an athiest get it right. Amen, brother.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • maggie

      How sure are you? Are you willing to bet your life on it?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Chris

      "The only reason we are better off than all the other animals is that we do a much better job at learning from our mistakes and not doing something stupid again."

      I disagree. We keep electing Republicans.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Atheist

      Maggie, I am willing to bet my life on it.

      And Chris,
      .. ... We're not THAT good at it.. Just better than the rest of the animals on this planet

      July 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • bob

      Yes, I am willing to bet my life that there is no such thing as free will and that the world will be much better off if everyone discovered and accepted this fact.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Brandon

      Yes Maggie, we are.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • MikeC

      Well atheist. You are right we dont have free will. But wait how did you come up with that conclusion? Free will is the path to choose what your path is. Yes a chemical reaction is how this takes place but thats like a blueprint is the same thing as the building. What seperates the animals is they dont choose to eat, sleep, procreate and so on. This is pure instinct. And yes I know that we have instinct but we can choose to ignore it.

      As regards to a soul. Look up Einstein's theory. Your energy signature. The math got to the point that it was impossible to prove either way. So I am sorry but your free will seems to have lead you astray from the truth.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Atheist

      MikeC,
      You don't choose your path, you only think you do. What happens is you react to a series of inputs (what you see, hear, smell, feel) and you respond with a single output. It's only after this output is decided that our concious mind says that we decided that over a different response.

      If you're watching a live feed of the reactions in someone brain, you can actually tell what decision that person is going to make about something before they do. Your "choice" is just your concious mind trying to make it seem like it has control when in reality it doesn't.

      Everything in my life has led to me the path that I'm on, it's not what I chose, it's just what happened.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
    • Brandon

      They don't choose not to do those things because it's stuoid not to do those things. Their very existence is based upon them doing those things. Any animal that would be so defective as to not do those things would have been weeded out by natural selection millions of years ago. My dog certainly makes other choices of his free will on a continual basis, much to my chagrin.. The way chemical reactions and electrical pulses between neurons work is a blueprint set down by evolution, you can follow its evolution by studying species of increasing complexity

      July 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  17. TNT

    Let's not forget...The difference between a cult and a religion is about 2000 years.
    Fairy tales people, nothing but fairy tales.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  18. rtbrno65

    Oh wow. Judging from these comments this "poll" appears to have gotten the Bible Babblers panties all in a bunch.

    July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  19. Gadfly

    god...my least favorite fictional character...I like batman better

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

      Clearly you're wrong and stupid for thinking so.......

      Superman would own batman anyday of the week.

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

      You are wrong, the best is now the green lantern LOL !

      July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Brandon

      Batman has no powers. He is a man with a cool suit. I agree, Superman would destroy batman. Batman is slightly more effective than Aquaman.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • bob

      YOU ARE ALL WRONG – CHUCK NORRIS COULD KICK ALL THEIR BEHINDS WITH BOTH HANDS TIED BEHIND HIS BACK?

      July 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  20. Kirk Harrington

    Is this a joke? Man was given freedom to act for themselves by God. I would say God should have an approval rating for man...not the other way around. What a joke!

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

      Which god are you referring to in your statement: Thor, Zeus, Aphrodite. I need to know to verify your statement.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • RAWoD

      Obviously the joke went over your head. Whoever you've been listening to is either a wack job or simply lying to you.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Brandon

      Oh Kirk, you are the very personification of a unintelligent fundamentalist ... Thanks, you made my day.

      July 27, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
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