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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. oneone

    God is perfect, never makes a mistake.
    He tested mankind with a talking snake.
    Things didn’t work out like he originally planned.
    He decided to change his religious brand.
    He killed his son to “save” mankind.
    From the curse and wrath of his self centered mind.
    Now we have hell for those who doubt.
    And the fairy tale salesmen have a lot more clout.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Rich B

      You really should demand your money back on that poetry correspondance course Sally Struthers signed you up for.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  2. JesusCrust

    And in other irrelevant news, 100% of Christian children think they are on Santa's Good List

    July 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • JesusCrust

      *they're

      July 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Dan

      Many Christians don't teach theirs kids about Santa.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  3. snickerdoodles

    If you think 52 percent is low for Gods performance, just wait until He rates our performance!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Macaroons

      The only eternity available is the wait for God to show up.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • Raise eyebrow up! Seriously!

      Yes, Good Point! That's how God is judgement on us right now! I know some they don't know about what the Bible say. They have lack of reading the Bible! Sad! I m ready for Jesus's coming very soon! Clap hands POW! I can't wait to get out of this damn evils earth! Greedy, Dishonest, Egoism, Corrupts, Ignorance, Dignity! That's so foolish! They think God is a cheap or non-exist.... but they are big mistake, they will be very SHOCK when they see Jesus's coming! It's a REALITY!

      July 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  4. xtheist

    if you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • +1

      Nice!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Earthling

      best post of the day!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Dan

      And yet you call yourself "xtheist," by which I assume you mean you used to believe. So you've proved that your own statement is flawed. Atheist logic. Go figure.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  5. Mark

    How can anyone believe this crap about "god"doing a good job and get good ratings. who would believe nonsense about a deity you can't prove ever existed , You can't talk to it, you can's see i, You can't smell him. Where is "god" where does it live? Man made gods. Man made up 'gods" to scare people but now people have grown up and they don't believe in fairy-tales! anymore!

    July 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  6. Doubting Thomas

    god,

    why did you create AIDS and flesh eating bacteria ?

    Also, just what the hell happened with the Platypus ?

    July 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Magic

      Yeah, and axolotls and starfish spontaneously regenerate severed body parts... and they don't even pray (that I know of).

      July 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  7. Iceman

    God's performance rate is 100%. For everything that is going on Today has been prophesied in the Bible that would happen. So, He gets an "A."

    July 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • ReligionIs4Dolts

      Do you realize how easy it is to "predict" doom? I can do it now, and it WILL NOT FAIL to come true. Ready? Here I go....

      "Things will get worse." So sayeth the prophet, I.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Doubting Thomas

      I especially like the verses about burning talking bushes, great big arks, and walking on water. God and Dr Seuss think a lot alike

      July 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Doubting Thomas

      @ReligionIs4Dolts,

      Easy prediction. Happy endings are for stories that haven't been finished yet.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Elena

      How ignorant.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Earthling

      You are delusional. There have been countless predictions of various nasty dooms by lunatic bible-interpreters over the years. Over and over they say "these are the signs, blah blah yada yada." Over and over the world fails to end. And a week later the next nut job comes along, with the next doomsday prediction, and dummies like you continue to lap them up. If you insist on living with your head in a bucket, you'll never even know what reality looks like.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  8. Jonboy

    I don't understand why Christians would think that we want to spend eternity with THEM. How could that possibly be paradise?

    July 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • MrHanson

      Well hope you enjoy Jeffery Dahmers company.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • stejo

      MrHanson – maybe Mr. Dahlmers repented before he died and will be waiting for you with a big grin on his face. Wait a sec...what's that in his teeth?

      July 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • stejo

      oops, Dahmer

      July 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Rich B

      Jeffrey Dahmer converted just before he was murdered in prison, so you christian folks get him. Have fun!

      July 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  9. oneone

    Start: 100%. Sends earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, diseases = 1%, dreated Satan and lets him run amuck to and torment mankind = 0.1%, slaughtered millions of people in the old testiment = 0.01%, created hell to torture people who dont worship and flatter him regularly = 0.0%

    July 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  10. Earthling

    If people would pay more attention to reality and less attention to bronze-age fairy tales, we'd all be a lot better off.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  11. Pops

    There is no god, therefore discussions of approval ratings are meaningless.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • RGeneration

      Your source?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Snaps

      It was revealed to me while contemplating the essence of a grilled cheese sandwich.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  12. Interplexer

    GOD is not a frikin job position!!! You bible bangers are ridiculous.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  13. ReligionIs4Dolts

    Hey "god", nice job on the magic mushrooms and the marijuana. You could have done better with the coca and poppies though.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  14. bubba

    let your kingdom come..let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven...amen

    July 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  15. Rich B

    I definitely would not re-elect god. He may not be Htler, but he gave us Hitler.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • ObjectiveGuy

      Actually, Hitler's parents gave us Hitler.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Rich B

      Actually, god is supposed to have created everything, you nitwit.

      Don't forget god's other great achievements, monster earthquakes, tsunamis, drought, famine, disease.

      I think it's time for real CHANGE!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • Daaa

      And Satan gave us Mother Teresa?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • MrHanson

      I don't think sin is one of God's achievments.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Sue

      Mother Theresa is an evil bi-tch opposed to safe methods of birth control and STD prevention. She should be in jail for assault and battery.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  16. rker321

    I cannot believe I am reading such a stupid article.
    God was wise enough and generous enough to provide all of us, with the knowledge of right and wrong. It is our decisions that make our lives what they are.
    Why is anyone blaming God instead of themselves.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • ObjectiveGuy

      Right on!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Jonboy

      Because sometimes, your God gives babies cancer

      July 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Normon

      "right and wrong"
      Wait a second, didn't Adam and Eve have to steel that?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • Sue

      Jonboy, great response.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Becasue your god likes to watch kids getting murdered.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Fred1

      What bible are you reading? Adam and Eve had to steel it in the guarden

      July 31, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  17. Monty

    I wish "God" would just take all the stupid religious nuts to heaven right away. Then the world would be a perfect place run by us atheists.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Marty

      Agree, enough said Monty!!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Zero

      Amen brother. (oh and take ALL religious nuts. especially the muslims.)

      July 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • BobMaute

      I "Pray" for the rapture to happen for this same reason 🙂

      July 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • MrHanson

      That is what Stalin said.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  18. Vonnie

    My Dear "The Bobinator"
    I have good news for you. Even in your blasphemous soul there is forgiveness for you also. I am fully persuaded that I serve the one, true and LIVING GOD. You could NEVER EVER convince me otherwise. I don't debate "religion", because the word of God is already settled in Heaven and in the Earth. The work of the cross has already been completed. I pray mercy for your troubled soul.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Marty

      Vonnie, you need to see a Mental health doctor right away. Don't delay, get some professional help!!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Earthling

      Man created gods thousands of years ago to explain phenomena that he could not understand. In the interim, we have figured a bunch of stuff out pretty well, and we have learned enough to understand how to go about figuring out the other stuff. We no longer need those ancient fairy tales to understand the thunder and lightning.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Jen

      I'm guessing that you don't debate religion because you're completely unwilling to consider any other viewpoints, and afraid of what might happen if you did and discovered that they made more sense than your own.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Earthling

      Man created gods thousands of years ago to explain phenomena that he could not understand.
      ------
      Amazing is man is still doing this...lol

      July 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  19. TheWatcher11

    Let's see. Man told God to get out of government, schools, churches/religion, and society at large. God obliged, and left man to his own devices. Calamity befell man, as a result of his greed, hatred, lust and apathy. Man gives God low approval ratings, based upon man's handling of his own affairs. Can YOU figure out where man went wrong?

    July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Normon

      Yes... believing in a ficti.tious deity in the first place.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Trog

      Man told God to get out of government and look He's still there! On the money, in the pledge, in the school system, in the white house, on the TV, in the courts and oh yeah...He's tax exempt. I'd LOVE to see God oblige the request to bugger off so we can really see how well man handles his affairs.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Mike

      Yes, man created God, that's where we went wrong. Many thousands of years ago, the concept of God provided hope to inevitable death. Many still cling onto that hope. It would be nice if there were a heaven for good people to live in eternal bliss. It sounds pretty good after dying.......dramatic, but nice nonetheless. We have been brainwashed by religion since childhood. Even I find it difficult to be a complete atheist due to church brainwashing. I am stuck with this lingering belief of a fairy tale. I truly wish that eternal bliss were the future for ALL people, but it's not.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • StraightsDs

      Man told God to get out of churches/religion??? Huh?
      What are talking about crackpot?

      July 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  20. jayman419

    Whatever you want to call the watchmaker, and whatever your feelings about its handling of personal human affairs, it does at least allow the universe to continue existence. Which is nice of him, I guess.

    July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Normon

      You're assuming it exists, why exactly.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Kevin

      gotta love the assumption that it eve exists although there is 0 evidence to support it.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
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