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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. DD

    God created the shark that has been jumped here.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  2. Andy

    Congratulations CNN. You just lost a reader. Even the consideration of writing this article is a sign of your ever so large ego.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • aaaaa

      Waaaah they made fun of my invisible friend!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • AA

      I'm sure they're not too upset about it. Thanks for sharing though.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  3. David Johnson

    If it turns out that there is a God, I don't think that he's evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever. – Woody Allen

    July 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  4. Andrew

    I Imagine his approval rating during the Bubonic Plague was worse, I wonder what those poor souls thought they had done to deserve that.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  5. CARL

    They must be smoking some of that green stuff God (aka OZ) gave us!! As if there's something that a make believe all powerful OZ has done that makes crack pot smoking southerners go GOD did that. And then get other numnuts to believe them like some TV knock the devil out of ya when I push you down on stage OH Hullabaloo YA!!!! CRACK POTS ALL YA!!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. atypical

    To JW:
    some "wackos" speak a truth to which most aren't accustomed.
    sometimes it's good to hear them out.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • J.W

      I always listen to everyone. I was just saying people are acting crazy on this one. A lot of anger

      July 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Frogist

      @JW: I'm not sure I see a lot of anger. Just a lot of humor at the expense of what was a ridiculous pointless poll.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • J.W

      Yeah Frogist I agree the poll is pointless. But I guess there is some animosity on this blog no matter what the topic so it probably isnt just this. I think it might have been a little worse on this one because all the atheists are like "what is the point? God doesnt exist" and the Christians are like "how dare you try to rate God"

      July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  7. Martin T

    Sorry folks, just trying to show just how NUTS some people can get... Funny isn't it?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  8. Will

    If God's only at 52%, I don't see how we can expect Obama to be doing any better. Of course, I expect that most of those who approve of God probably disapprove of Obama, he being the antichrist and all...

    July 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      Don't joke, my wife's cousin seriously claims that he still hasn't made up his mind yet as to whether Obama really is the antichrist or not.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Cedar Rapids: Gosh I hope your wife's cousin doesn't vote. Wow!

      July 27, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • John

      Your wife's cousin is a moron.

      July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  9. Duce

    This is equivalent to the CNN story that "analyzes" the cost to attend Harry Potter's school of wizardry...

    July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  10. Martin T

    Ever think "Why were so many of the early "fathers" of this country, FREEMASONS?" These men stil worship the sun god, look at their rites, their symbols, etc... THAT is why this country was NOT founded on Christian principles. THINK ABOUT IT!!!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  11. J.W

    This story is bringing out all the wackos

    July 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  12. Duce

    I'm rooting for the St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun in 2012. How do you register to vote?

    July 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • derp

      Did someone drop you?

      Get it......

      ......drop a duce

      July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Duce: I didn't know Ross Perot was in the running.

      July 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  13. Colin

    If there really were a god, he would surely be fired. He blesses (some of) us with a brain and then demands we believe in the most nonsensical of stories under threat of suffering a fate an infinite times worse than the death penalty, he starves millions of us to death every year, flies crawling around our faces and he left us with a wierd book that no thinking person can believe, full of errors and contradictions, with obvious support for slavery, genocide, murders and the ra.pe and subjugation of women.

    I wouldn't let the guy run my mailroom, much less the Universe.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Andrew

      Athiests HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

      July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • PACO

      it is all somehow a small part in GOD'S plan

      July 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Colin

      Oh PACO, not that nauseating cop out! Don't you realize that, if you accept that, you shut down any chance of opening your mind to the whole nonsense of a god? Anything that tends to disprove him is part of his "grand plan" that we are too small to understand.

      I hope you don't/didn't teach your children this wilfull blindness and gulability.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
    • Logic

      Your argument is flawed. You say He starves millions? Wrong, the leaders in countries like Somalia starve their people. Do not blame God for humankind's evils. You say the Bible is nonsensical? Have you even read it? The stories in the Bible are to show that God is capable of all things. God bless you.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Martin T

      LOGIC, you have part of it right. God does NOT allow anyone to starve because GOD is a myth. Religion on the other hand, IS responsible for the deaths of many, many people in the world, especially Africa.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Martin T

      Logic, have YOU read the bible? There is more evil and wickness in the bible than there is anything good or redeamable in there. Come on dude, NOTHING you have said makes any sense at all.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
    • AA

      Excellent point, Colin. If only atheists weren't the most hated people in America, more christians might not be so afraid to do some free thinking.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • Logic

      Hey Colin,

      If he speaks no evil, why do you persecute him? What are the goals of science? Are they to explore and consider the possibilities? I can tell you as a scientist that they are.If the goals of science are to explore and consider the possibilities, why then do people not consider the possibility of God? It is you who does not have the open mind. You see with eyes that won't see and hear with ears that won't hear. Isn't it strange how people believe in extraterrestrial life, but yet have no proof? It sounds like Faith to me, the same faith that we believers have.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • i wonder

      Logic, Manna from heaven for starving Hebrews, but not for starving Somalis ?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Logic

      Martin T.,

      Yes, I have. Provide examples and your explanation. Right, there is evil which comes form the evil one, not from God. Only man is capable of evil.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • Logic

      I wonder,

      God also works through people. How about all the aid workers that have died to bring food to the Somalis which ARE being fed? Open your eyes, He is at work everywhere, except most people refuse to see His works.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Logic
      Neither the leaders, nor a deity have anything to do with the lack of rainfall, which causes the famines. So the devil causes the rains to fail ? Hahahaha.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Colin

      Logic. If you really have a scientific background, you would appreciate the importance of using evidence to deduce things about the Universe and the aninity of trying to do so without. I am skeptical as to whether you do, however, simply because I have often seem theists claim a scientific background in order to bolster their claims.

      As to your alien comment, it is meaningless to "believe" in aliens. All one can do is look at the evidence for extraterrestrial life. So far there is a lot of indirect evidence that life (or at least the building blocks for it) is common in the Universe. But we have no direct evidence of even a bacteria. So, we simply cannot say.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • OnLooker

      Martin T, remember the 20th century? More people were slaughtered by atheist leaders of Communist and Fascist regimes than by all the holy wars in recorded history. And don't make that ridiculous claim that Adolf Hitler was a devout Christian.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  14. Science Prevails

    LLLLLLLLLLL-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  15. AnneSD

    The laws of physics and the created universe seem to still be working just fine, so I would say he is doing his part just fine. Now some of his created beings on the other hand....

    July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Martin T

      Emprical evidence to back up your claims, please....

      July 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Logic

      Martin T,

      Your logic is flawed. YOU provide empirical evidence please, not your mere opinion.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Zeke2112

      Logic,

      Proof for a given claim comes from the claimant. If you claim the sun is purple, it for you to prove, not for me to disprove.

      Understand that and you will some to understand why your fairy tale hold no water, holy or otherwise.

      July 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  16. JohnB

    " Its ridiculous for the public the categorically grade god like this".... yes quite, but as far as faith/religion is concerned, this particular instance rates rather low on the objective scale of ridiculousness. I think maybe that the holocaust would prob be a serious example of god screwing up. I do like the article, especially on the hallowed belief blog, a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak, a shinning hope for those of us who fear an American evangelical theocracy.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Duce

      Only as ridiculous as you believing in "him."

      July 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Logic

      What's "ridiculous" is believing that an explosion just happened in the universe to create it. Yes, explosions "just happen" all around us every day spontaneously.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Bucky Ball

      @Logic,
      When you get old enough to go to school, you might take a science class, and maybe stay awake for the lecture on virtual particles, and fluctuations. (No one says it was an "explosion".)

      July 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • Colin

      Logic, odd that a scientist like yourself would equate a time-space expansion with a simple shrapnel-like chemical explosion on Earth.

      Got to tell ya, I'm getting very skeptical about your claimed position as a "scientist". Sure you're not a fireman or a policeman, little guy?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Logic

      Your insults illustrate your lack of confidence "Bucky Ball". No one says it was an explosion? Try using a tool called Google to search for "Big Bang". Good luck in your research and please do tell me "exactly" how the universe was formed since you're an expert.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • belgian

      @Logic: yes, because if we can't tell you how the universe formed "exactly" that must mean that some bearded old guy on a cloud wished it into existence. That's just good logic.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  17. atypical

    "humanity, as oneness: is god–and we're not there yet, so I guess you could say god doesn't exist at this point.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  18. Stop Crying

    This poll is ridiculous! How do you think the people of the Middle Ages would 'rate' God? Do you think HE got a low rating during the Black Plague? Or how about during the American Civil War? Men dying and wounded by the tens of thousands on a single day of battle. Do you think God got a bad rating then? How dare Americans complain and give God a poor rating! Boohoo, we have 9.5% unemployment, and are in 2 'wars' which by historical standards are a walk in the park. God has blessed our nation beyond measure! Has given us the most prosperity in the history of man, has given us modern day medicine! How many of these complainers would be even alive today if they lived when things were actually hard, like the 15th century. Give me a break! This is one of the most EVIL, Godless articles I have EVER read!!! I am disgusted! Maybe the people who took this poll should and gave it should live in a 3rd world village for a while and give them a 'God Approval' poll!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • aaaaa

      Commit atrocities while your approval ratings are high, then later your standard incompetence looks like a job well done... brilliant!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Stop Crying

      Fact is that God has no control over atrocities, however, he can and does provide mercy and grace to those affected by them. In Christian theology, man caused this mess when we fell into sin. At that time death entered into the world like a disease. In order to restore creation He set a plan in motion to sacrifice Himself and defeat death once and for all. I know this is a useless argument, but it is the eternal truth. God is love and His mercy and blessings are everlasting.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • Jen

      If "God has no control over atrocities," then it's only because he CHOOSES not to. Personally, I would choose to do anything in my power to protect my innocent babies from torture and death. And I'm just a lowly human being, not a supposedly all-perfect, all-loving, all-powerful deity.

      July 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  19. Martin T

    I'm amazed at how the Catholic Church has been able to completely fool the world for all this time. Christ was nothing more than a recreation of the god Amun-Ra, the Sun God, hence the "son of man" that is attributed to Jesus. There are too many coincidences between the ancient Egyptians religion and Christianity. READ A BOOK, do some research, THINK PEOPLE!!! It's all about control.

    July 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • AnneSD

      What? Who said anything about Jesus or any particular faith? That is your prejudices talking. Some of us actually do believe in God but don't consider him a puppet of the various "faiths".

      July 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Martin T

      Ahh, so ANNE you believe that Zeus was a real god? How about all the others? Just asking? What makes the god you believe in any more real than the one I described? Help me out here?

      There isn't a god of any kind, is my point. It's all about power, it's about controlling the masses, that's it... and the powerful are laughing their butts off, all the way to the bank and the seats of power all over the world.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • Logic

      Really Martin? Fool the world? Tell us how with your vast knowledge. The coincidences with the Egyptians? Which ones?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  20. Anomic Office Drone

    That's a bit high given the recent tsunami.

    How are Santa Clause's numbers? And the Easter Bunny? What about the Tooth Fairy?

    July 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • derp

      The tooth fairy is rock solid. My five year old found a ten spot under her pillow last week. The TF's numbers are going to rock in the next poll.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
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