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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. jdog

    Would Jesus have been democrat or republican?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Andrew

      He would have been a tree hugging hippie with Birks and dreads.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  2. jdog

    Would Jesus have incurred a debt problem?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  3. jdog

    Was Jesus made of chocolate?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Frogist

      @jdog: Did he have a creamy center? Or just nuts?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. jdog

    No, Jesus would likely be denied entry to the US casue he's a "foreigner"

    July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Sean

      The US accepts forigners all of the time. That is what our country is based on. "The Melting Pot"

      July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  5. Silly..But Saved!

    WOULD YOU PEOPLE QUIT QUESTIONING GOD........................I WOULD LIKE IT TO RAIN AGAIN!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  6. jdog

    Would Jesus have immigrated to the US?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  7. Vulpes

    It's amazing to see all the religious come out to judge people who do not believe and this article. I feel sad for these people.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Madtown

      Passing judgement is what christians do best!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  8. jdog

    what would jesus drive?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Frogist

      @jdog: A Chevy truck... cuz he's like a rock? badum bum I'll be here all night, people! Tip your waiters!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Mr. Tudball

    GOD Polls are always a great place for a good laugh. So, if GOD is all powerful and can do anything....why can't he stop all the evil "SATAN" creates? Natural disasters, mass murders, child molestors, baby killers.... It would have a lot to do.

    So, you are walking down the street one day and you notice a young child swimming in a neighborhood pool in the deep end with a Man standing on the edge watching him swim. All of sudden, the child goes under and drowns while the man stands there and watches.

    What do you think about the man?

    I know most of you will say that is horrible and the man should be locked up for neglect or worse.

    Until,

    You realize who each of the things in this analogy represent.

    Pool="SATAN"
    Child=Man
    Man watching = "GOD"

    July 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Dog Boy

      And what about Mrs. Uh-Wiggins? Can't god do something about her?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Mymainman

      God gives us free will to act. This is part of our test while here on earth. He lets us make our own mistakes and if we want, to learn from them.

      This is the beauty of God. This is also the hardest concept for nonbelievers to understand.

      Eve did not have to eat the Apple, but she still chose to. It was not until Jesus died for our sins did we receive forgiveness for this shroud that had been cast upon mankind for all those past milennia.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • standingwave

      What's the difference between creating a deadly virus and a beautiful flower?It's still creation of life,isn't it?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Mymainman

      You said: "God gives us free will to act."

      Christians say, "Free will is given to man, by God". Each person can choose to accept god's love and spend eternity in Heaven or to reject god and spend eternity being tortured in Hell. How is that freedom of choice when it is the same thing as The Godfather, making you an offer you cannot refuse?

      The problem with free will is, that Christians have insisted on their god being Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnibenevolent.
      No god can be all three at the same time. The attributes contradict each other.

      If god knows what He will do in the future and because He is Omnipotent, does something else, then He is not omniscient.
      If god knows what He will do in the future and cannot do something else, then He is not omnipotent.
      See the problem?

      If God knows the future, if the future can be known, that means that the future is predictable and unchangeable. This, in turn, means that our actions are predetermined. If god is all knowing, free will is an illusion.

      This also binds god, in that He knows what he will do in the future, and He must do it. It doesn't matter if He lives outside time or what He is made of. If the future can be known, then everything is predetermined.

      Let's look at Jesus and his predictions that Judas would betray him and Peter would deny him.

      Those were future events. Do you think Judas could have used his free will to opt out? Not, if Jesus/God was omniscient. Same goes for Peter.

      The actions of Peter and Judas were predetermined. They had no choice.

      When Moses was attempting to secure the release of the Jews from Egypt, God repeatedly "hardens Pharaoh's heart". God did not allow Pharaoh to release the Jews, until He had delivered His 10 plagues upon the Egyptian people. Pharaoh didn't have free will. The Egyptian people, who suffered the plagues, didn't either.

      Biblical prophecy would not be possible, unless events and human actions were predetermined and there is no free will.
      The fulfillment of a prophecy cannot be left to random chance.

      What about the child who is murdered by a monster, or a people slaughtered by a stronger opponent (or a god)?
      Did they choose to be harmed? Where was their free will? These acts show that the strong or the people in power have greater free will than their victims. Hmm... Isn't this a lot like what would happen if there was no god?

      If god has a "plan for each of us", if there is an agenda, then that pretty much rules out free will.

      "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." [Jeremiah 29:11]

      "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!" [Psalm 139:16]

      You might argue, that while god has a plan for each of us, He doesn't force us to follow this plan. The problem with this argument, is that if a person does not follow god's plan, it may affect my ability to follow god's plan. A drunk driver may run me down. A robber may shoot me. My plan would be cancelled.

      Ephesians 1:11 "We have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will."

      "this man [Christ Jesus] delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God" (Acts 2:23a NASB).

      The 5 point Calvinists believe our fates are sealed, even before we are born. This would mean that god allows humans to be born, knowing they will someday burn forever. Seems wrong to me, even for a mysterious god.

      There is no evidence that a god gives or safeguards free will. In fact, there is much evidence to the contrary.

      Humans have free will not because of god, but because god does not exist.

      Cheers!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  10. Jen

    I WANT TO SEE GOD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Sean Kelley

      Then look in the mirror, and then all around you. That is Gods Birth certificate!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Dog Boy

      @ Sean – nu-uh! I invented everything! Prove otherwise!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Spiffy

      Too bad there isn't a God.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Andrew

      Brilliant!

      July 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • f

      I want to see your elementary school diploma......

      July 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • Sean

      So what, your an inventor, not a creator. You know how to shape the creation. Great for you man. God gave you talent and you use it 🙂

      July 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  11. jdog

    jeeeeez what a USELESS story absolutely USELESS dribble...you PAID somebody for this garbage???

    July 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  12. Vulpes

    "God" is just like the friend who takes and takes and always says ... just wait I will pay you back ... after your dead. I am not buying it. 😉 If you want to believe in the man in the sky no problem. I probably seem wacky to you as well.

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

      What has God taken from you, Vulpes? I can tell you a few things He has GIVEN to you: Your life, your ability to think, your health, and so on.

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

      *you're not your

      July 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Andrew

      And you know these things how??

      July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Sean

      Yeah God really has given you and everyone else here, everything. Our thoughts, our ability to be skeptical our ability to find or look away from the answer. All God given. Give yourself some time to sit on God and ponder the gifts given before irrationally saying things are taken away to only be given back after life. We live life to be with God. In a stretch, we are God. Part of the grand creation. It is all here and will always be. So nothing is ever taken away. Maybe you have it confused with the fact that life is a contant change and you can't move past that, so in your mind everything you had may not be there anymore, taken away.

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

      @petercha: From me personally? Not very much. However, the bible is full of things that are required by we lowly human to do and not do. Did you ever read any of that stuff? Some of those things are just strange in the context of modern society. No thanks. I am happy with my current understanding of the universe without an omni-being waiting to judge me. But if you choose to believe and you are happy with that and get some sort of satisfaction from it ... great.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  13. blahblah

    Read Daniel 2:44... once the goofus's that don't have a clue are gone...then we will know.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  14. Name

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries&w=640&h=360]

    1:03

    July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  15. Bus2

    It looks like God is doing better than the Tooth Fairy, but not quite as good as Santa Claus.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  16. martini paul

    Wonderful news actually. In a society controlled by secular humanists, in a culture that bashes the Christian God relentlessly, in a country influenced by ego-centric i-theists, using a liberal pollster doing his best to skewer the results -
    GOD STILL WINS! I would like public policy polling (cnn stooge) to take this poll: If heaven exists, do you want to go? Wonder how all the i-theists would answer that. Please, no 'heaven doesn't exist' freaks. If heaven exists, do you want to go? Yes or No.

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

      Who wouldn't want to spend eternity in paradise? But there is no God.

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

      Funny how,in the popular imagination,heaven looks a lot like earth.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  17. captnavenger

    "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."

    That "perfect being with infinite wisdom" doesn't seem to possess enough perfection or wisdom to be any more present or responsible for anything than was my absentee father. Being a better father than my father was, that makes me better than that supposed god.

    So when he kneels before me to apologize for being so irresponsible, you can best believe I will be holding god accountable for a lot.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  18. Cyphonix

    This article has to be a joke.
    Really?
    What would you pray to God for?
    Come on...
    Is simple: Love one another. That's it.
    Can we do that.
    I can.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  19. matt

    How the heck does god have an approval rating? This is just stupid.. He's not even supposed to have anything to do with our lives unless we are baptized and receive the gift of the holy spirit. How many who disapprove of him have taken that step and gotten that gift?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      I am guessing that you have positively NO idea how anyone could not believe exactly the way you believe. I would also assume that you are one of those people that either "has" proof that your god exists (although it is not something that anyone else would be able to validate nor verify), or you do not need proof, because you "just know". These are the reasons that intelligent people can not take you seriously.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  20. Name

    0:03-0:05 = BOOBIES!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
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