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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. Greg s

    Guapo Gabacho

    Air is invisible, But take it away and life gets real interesting real fast.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Air is transparent.
      The difference is that you can see the effects of air on light passing through it. Heat shimmer on roads, mirages, twinkling of stars, etc.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  2. MikeMazzla

    Im going to do a poll on whether the Easter Bunny has been doing a good job

    July 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  3. Ahhhhhh

    HAHA, that's the most silly thing I've heard all week. And it's only a few points above Obama.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  4. omega

    Its a good thing there is no god because everyone who paricipated in this poll whould be going straight to hell no matter what they answered.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Greg s

    Free will folks, Thats all there is too it, Those of you who wanted God to step in and save you from something that caused you unhappiness, He didn't so your mad at him, Boo Hoo. Free will is a big thing, you have the freedom to screw up your life and you have the free will to screw up someone Else's life as well. Your father died, Bummer and you hate God because YOU prayed to him for the first time in your Life to save dear ole dad and He didn't, now Gods a Jerk, Well everyone dies, To God death is just another step in your Life it doesn't have the same Oh MY GOSH! factor to it to him as it does to the living, In half a blink of Gods Eye you will be dead as well, Guess what there is dear ole dad!!! So many non believers have this moment in Life where they ask for help and they get no answer but no answer is a Answer,
    Dear ole dads life was between him and God your not part of it you have no say in it It was his life not yours, Best get on with your own life and quit blaming God for your mistakes.

    No one has the ability to rate God on his performance so far, to ask such a question shows one's true ignorance of God.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • MikeMazzla

      No more ignorant in your beilef of him

      July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Bob

      There is no such thing as free will – it is a myth.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Atheist

      You should read my comment about free will on page 20 of these comments.
      Free will is a myth.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  6. Guapo Gabacho

    The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike. – Delos B. McKown

    July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  7. LOL

    God doesn't exist why worry about the approval rating etc? Spend more time on interpersonal relationship and respect.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • f

      But make sure you only have interpersonal realtionships with other God-hating non-believers who are preparing to go to hell when they die. Just a suggestion..............

      July 27, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Forgive them Father. Praise to you King Jesus, I ♥ you always, forever.

    July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  9. Laughing

    I AM ANGRY!!! CNN has posted a story that is entirely humorous, but I have decided that even when they're being funny I will get angry at CNN for wasting my time by making me read this! GEEEEEYARG!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • logikflux

      Be mad for me too,... I just don't have the time.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  10. Robert

    Be careful! God is the creator and is not elected to his position. "Thy shall not put the Lord they God to the test!"

    July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  11. LoB

    Lol what kind of article is this.
    Geez these are dumb

    July 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  12. IronRider

    Now this is interesting,

    You question Gods performance in what exactly? You fail to realize that it is you who will be asked one simple question about your life when you stand before him who created you. That simple question is going to be: "What have you done for your fellow man?"

    This life is not about how God can serve you, but how you can serve God and your fellow man. This very short life on earth is a test of your free will to make decisions for yourself and to help others. it seriously mind boggles me today that people are more focused on the material things then who you really are.

    It is no mistery to me however, as to why the poor of the world are most thankfull for what they have and each other, while the rich of the world can't have enough and the only thing left is power and greed. At the end of the day those who died serving their fellow man are remembered above those who tried to rule them with power and wealth. At the end of the day you will leave this earth with nothing material, but those who overcome the tribulations of this time and era leaving a legacy of serving Man and God will die the richest of men, and stand true and unashamed before the God you put on trial here with this post and 3000 years ago.

    Gods performance is absolute and just. How is yours???

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

      Mine requires Viagra

      July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • LoB

      Yeah well god made some f***ed up people. if he created everyone and designed everything then he created the rapists and murderers and he created all the evil in the world as well.
      The illusion of free will tries to bind all actions on ourselves leaving said god unbound to that what happens. when in the end i feel he is just as responsible for any and all evil if we are to say that he has created everything.

      The real evil is inside of man.
      But god invented real evil

      July 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Data1000

      I thought torture was never just, let alone eternal torture.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Chris

      Torture is a Bjork album on repeat.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • IronRider

      Ignorance? perhaps...Your idea of open-mindedness comes from the notion that there is no such thing as absolute truth, or that truth cannot be absolutely known. This "ignorance" that you claim stems from the belief that you do not have to except the Christain way of doing things as the only way but rather we must tolorate all religious beliefs and ways of life. This remark by you would have people believe that Christains have no right to impose their views on society. The fact is the value judgements of society were built on biblical principles. My ignorance stems from the christain absolutes, those thruths and standards of scripture which cannot be altered and that are becoming less and less tolorated in society.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  13. jdog

    americans

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

      kyrgyzstanis

      July 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • f

      Or is it "Kyrgyzstanians" ?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • Chris

      I think it might actually just be "Kyrgyz"

      July 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  14. Soul69

    If you have a dream, you won't hurt another humanbeing what to talk about God! Please get real!

    July 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  15. MTP

    I think if god exists he did a pretty good job with most everything. Except the people. A good number of them need a lot of work (me included).

    July 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  16. RealityCheck

    This just in: Only half of all grown adults approve of the job Santa Claus does during the Christmas season. Good grief, why are we still living in fairy tale land? I feel like I'm the crazy person because I don't believe in magical zombies.

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

      you said it!

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

      If you believe in the bible/koran/religion in general your opinion in polls shouldn't matter because your stupid and think imaginary people are up in space hoping you'll be a good person.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  17. xtheist

    what would jesus smoke?

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

      Pole

      July 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  18. jdog

    ...and other inane questions you would only find answered and asked in the United States of DISTRACTION

    July 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  19. jdog

    How were Jesus' carpentry skills? Could he have made a proper right angle? Did he use a level?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Being a carpenter, do you think Jesus appreciated the workmanship of the cross?

      Just Wonderin'

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

      He probably thought he could do it better for cheaper,...

      July 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Chris

      I thought he was a fisherman. Jeez, did he even have a steady job, or was he just like one of those pot-smoking freshman hippies that only works for drug money and then quits?

      July 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Chris: Well he really wanted to be an architect like his dad, but he just never thought he'd be good enough. I guess that's why he gave up and just went for the mannual labour type jobs.

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

    Would Jesus had used regular soap or soap on a rope?

    July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
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