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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. JesusISLord

    The Sodomites punishment in Hell:
    Here the demons are armed with long enflamed sticks that they impale and run through the sodomites. They pierce through the body until you see the point of their instruments of fire come out at the mouth.
    Their butchers also hold in their hands hooks of red iron, and they tear them from head to foot. Sometimes, to make them suffer more, they will take the extremity that comes out of their throat, and will completely pull it out, and they will start back again to pass it through their guts.
    The souls that live through these terrifying tortures never see them stopped nor diminished one single moment.
    – Revelation given to female Saint Frances of Rome, 1400s.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Aletheya

      If you truly believe this, then the creature you worship is not God at all, but a Devil, because only a Devil would inflict eternal torture on his own children for any reason, let alone that they simply are the way they were made. Either that, or God is insane, in which case you should still run the other way.

      Give up delusion. Be at peace. There is no bogeyman waiting to punish you at the first opportunity. God, if he/she exists at all, is Love and nothing else.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Rebel1990

      Hmm... Sounds like something a merciful god would allow. O-o Nice fiction.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Sci-Fi

      Many current Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror authors come up with better stuff than that... all that those old writers had to cause devastation and torture was fire and swords - now there are all sorts of new gruesome things.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • Dog Boy

      And that's why I love god sooooooooooooo much!!!!!! 😉

      July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Randy

    I can't believe this isn't an Onion.com story. Well, it goes to show satire is truth, Americans can't agree on ANYTHING and are literally impossible to please. Our nation is deserving of whatever we end up getting, in my sad opinion.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  3. God

    I don't rightly care what you people think. I've got my tenure.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Peter

      God is just an excuse for irresponsible behavior, or for justifying one's indefensible actions.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • God

      Hey, whoa, what you people do is on you. Don't go bringing me into all this, dragging my name through the mud.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  4. petercha

    "God's job approval rating"? Who on Earth are WE to judge GOD?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Rick

      because we on earth are the ones who created god

      July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • David

      Well, since we all made god into one organized religion after another, after another.... I say, we have every right to judge god now. We commercialized...

      July 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • God

      You people judge each other already, and base it on what you think I want. Having never talked to any of you, directly or otherwise, I suggest you stop wasting your lives burning meat at me and whatever, and just go to the park. It's probably a nice day where you are.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • OneOfTheSheep

      We are the consumers of what He/She is selling. Or not.

      To believe is to invest time that is extremely brief if there is no God. Better to accept personal and individual responsibility to leave THIS world better than we found it.

      Of course the "true believer" has all eternity to offer endless and unquestioning praise to a historically capricious and short-tempered despot whose supposedly recorded acts were indefensible and immoral even to mere mortal modern humans.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Name

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    July 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  6. Name

    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.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  7. Nate

    It is unbelievable that people would not approve of God's performance. He gives us life and yet there are some who disapprove what He has created. It is not a wise decision to disapprove of God who allows free-will of all living things!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • petercha

      Amen, Nate.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • God

      Indeed; after I got rid of that Zeus fellow, things have been pretty smooth sailing.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • CosmoChick

      it is not WISE? wise? says who? you? God? if he gave us free will, isn't it so that we may question Him from time to time?

      It is not wise... meaning what? that something bad will happen to you if you do so?

      why is everything surrounding faith and belief based on fear?

      – don't disbelieve, or you'll go to hell
      – don't judge or God won't love you
      – don't question or that will make you a non-believer and you'll go to hell

      why is everything a threat? do this or else...

      July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  8. brian Thetford

    Better ratings than the President, or Congress.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  9. GOP Hate America

    careful God or the tea party will show you too

    July 27, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • God

      Don't worry about the Tea Party; I've got plans.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  10. Apocatequil

    How about we try not having a god for awhile? Fictional character or an a$$hule...either way...time for change.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Chris

      What are you talking about? You haven't ever had a God. How has that worked for ya?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Peter

      Amen!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Peter

      Chris, for me, it has worked very well. I love my neighbors and the entire country far more than self-proclaimed "Christians" especially those in congress who couldn't give more of a crap about the vulnerable parts of our population. I'm very happy, I have a full life ruled by love, and... no God to tell me that I have to smite my neighbors if they work on a Saturday. What a hateful, deplorable deity. If God does exist, I'll have some pointed questions for him when I meet him. First on my list: "Why did you create Republicans??"

      July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Nate

      So you hate God? He gave you life and free-will on Earth along with oxygen to breath and a lone planet like no other. Wow, and you still hate him! I hope something in your life someday changes your mind because eternity in anywhere but Heaven is a decision you can never take back!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Peter

      I hate all fantasies, including God. The things you mention, Nate, are all beautiful and wonderful, but to say they were created by a God who lives in Heaven (gee, we've been to the moon and back and no one has seen any sign of "heaven"), that's a stretch. I stopped believing in God shortly after I threw santa and the tooth fairy out the window. I don't tend to believe in things for the sake of believing them. I need to see some evidence, and so far all I see is either a non-existent God, one who doesn't have the strength to stand up to Satan (the one who seems to be in real control of this world), or one who doesn't give a darn. Either way, it's not a God that deserves my respect.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  11. JesusISLord

    Rick...Is that what you think of all Christians, or was that comment meant just for me???

    July 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Rick

      I suppose it would be all Christians. If someone accepts the idea of sin as a default setting, it would be easier to control their actions. Guilt is a great motivator. Not only Christians, though. The monotheistic religions of the middle east all feature an angry god.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  12. Rob

    What the hell kind of story is this? What, exactly, is god's job? I'm tired of our media with these ridiculous stories about stupid people.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • CSMinDC

      CNN is constantly denying God and white people.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  13. OneOfTheSheep

    Is this the "loving God" of late or the "angry God" of yore that routinely condemns "innocent children" and their children's children for the sins of the fathers in the Bible? Is this the God of the Koran, the Torah, the "Great Spirit", or the Jedi?

    If he/she is "in charge", what is the plan for the last 2000 years? Where is the progress? Is the experiment of man a soap opera for entertainment, a tool, or an informed and valued partner? If truly omnipotent, he/she has the continuing choice of allowing the endless chaos of history that continues today or improving it. The record of previous "improvements" has NOT been a rousing success story.

    What if our world is but a slide in the microscope of some cosmic student? When the class bell rings, the slide is cleaned and put back in the box. There would no one to hear your prayers. Until the "end" the reality you experience is unchanged.

    The sooner man accepts responsibility for his/her own future and the shaping of it, the better. We need to learn to act more in the sense of "all being in this existence together. That extends to understanding that the planet's population is already unsustainable at a higher level of existence than mere subsistance.

    We have a limited time to expand beyond the third rock from the sun before some idiotic person or group blows humanity to bits. We are currently wasting that precious time on other priorities that should be of much lower priority.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Sam

      you sound soooooo lost and busy doing nothing.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Madtown

      What if our world is but a slide in the microscope of some cosmic student?
      ----
      Funny, I've thought about this many times. Not saying I believe this is the case, but interesting to think about.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  14. Voice

    Shows how flawed polls are.

    Acknowledging the existence of God, a perfect being with infinite wisdom, and then to turn around and say he's flawed?
    Shake your fists all you want. When you kneel before Him, you'll have nothing to say when He asks you about this.

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

      Your Invisible Sky Friend does not exist. If I am wrong, oh invisible sky friend, kill me now! Well? Nope, I'm still here.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Rick

      Spend a lot of time on your knees, Voice?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • sassypants

      God isn't bad.. the people who think He is are just on the wrong team.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • petercha

      Jimin, you are overlooking the fact that God is very merciful. Plus, He is not at your beck and call to do whatever you ask Him to, when you ask Him to.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  15. closetiguana

    If I had a god it would have an approval rating around 65%.

    65%, now that's a god!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  16. Ted Ward

    Gravity and the laws of physics seem to be functioning well and consistently eon in eon out. Time flows pretty well ,too (who would know if it didnt'?) . Evolution, photons, electro-magnetism also work pretty well. The universe continues ticking along, galaxies spinning, moon orbiting, tides rise and fall on schedule. People continue to be perfidious. All in all I'd give God an A for consistency and constancy...

    July 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Laughing

      Yeah, but you have to take away a letter grade for him being a di.ck and another whole letter grade because he made his followers (most) di.cks also. Not to mention he's done some pretty sh.itty stuff or at least that stuff happen so minus more points. All I guess he deserves better than an F (52%) maybe a D-, he barely passes muster but hey, he gave humans se.x and for that I'm eternally grateful he made it an absolute necessity.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  17. Barry

    It’s interesting how some of the most famous people in the Bible expressed anger and disapproval of God’s actions, at times.

    At times there was tension between God and Israel, and at times Israel would shake a fist in God’s face.

    The righteous man, Job, said: “As sure as God lives, who has denied me justice…” (In other words, he was accusing God of being unfair and unjust.)

    The Psalter (Psalmist) began one of the Psalms with: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (In other words he was accusing God of not keeping his promise, which was that he would never forsake or leave his people.)

    Jeremiah accused God of deceiving him and overpowering him.

    As Jesus hung on the cross he says: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (This, of course, was just before Jesus said: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”.)

    Whenever you have an intimate relationship, as God had with Israel, or as God has with the church, you’re going to have tension and friction. This is inevitable and normal in an honest relationship.

    Spouses argue and fight, as do siblings, children and parents and close friends. That’s normal and is a natural part of an honest, close relationship, where two parties are living closely together, coming to understand each other, and establishing developing a closer and intimate relationship.

    Eventually Job came to his senses and repented before God. Job basically says that he was sorry and that he was wrong, and he apologized. Of course God forgave him, restored him and blessed him.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • zhawk88

      very good post Barry.

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

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      July 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • yoy

      I like your comment. Makes more sense

      July 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Byrd

      Sounds to me that Job must have been interned at Gitmo and repented only under duress and torture. Sorry, but that evidence in non-admissible. Case dismissed.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Peter

      Yeah, well... all this shows is that you read the bible (written by lots of different people) and you think as your church wants you to think. Show me one shred of evidence that Jesus existed? Show me part of the cross, his bones... oh, yeah, I forgot, he "rose from the dead." Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. That makes sense to you because you don't see the facts. Here's a fact: The story of Jesus is older than Jesus himself. Way before Jesus, there were stories very similar to his. Some profit who did whatever, said whatever, and then died to save everyone and then arose from the dead. It's mythology, it's a story that works well in the human mind, and it's based on nothing but "faith." You have no evidence of anything, so you make some up or just believe for the sake of believing. Let me ask you this: if god sent his son to "fix us" where's his son now? We need more fixing than ever. Can't you recognize a dead fish when you see one?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  18. the_dude

    Oh a democrat study on god.....ummm yes i'm sure that is accurate.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • pccoder

      showing your ignorance. you think democrats know less about "God" than republicans?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • The Guy

      Glad your ignorance states that being a democrat and a republican are mutually exclusive to believing and not believing in a sky fairy. Moron.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  19. closetiguana

    52% poll is accurate +/- 2%

    July 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  20. Brian

    Wait, you believe in an infallible god that created the universe, and yet you think he's only doing a good job half the time? Even better, you believe in a fallible god full of wrath, who could smote you or send you to eternal damnation in a lake of fire, and you're willing to vote against him in a pole. Not sure which is stupider.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Voice

      well said

      July 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
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