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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. Capercorn

    Atheists are the biggest lulzcows on the internets. Srsly. Go on any article on CNN having to do with any sort of bad news. Any time you see a well-meaning theist saying that they're praying for the victims, you'll always see an atheist lulzcow respond "THAR IS NO GOD!!111!!! U R BRAINWASHED PERSON!!111! I R SMART!!111!!!"

    I love saying this, but when the biggest mathematical discovery of the 20th Century was a proof that very basic facts about the integers has to be taken solely on faith, then there is a huge room for faith in other things that can't be proven either way. Like whether or not the ground of being itself can think or not.

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

      Dude, you seriously should get laid.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Martin T

      Hard to take someone seriously when they can't spell, can't use grammar, and end up looking like a fifteen year old using a chatsite.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
    • Capercorn

      I use incorrect grammar on purpose. It is how I spite those with English degrees.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Martin T

      PS. Prayer DOES NOT WORK! That has been proven, by a study done by Christians of all people. That is why we say praying is a waste of time and energy...

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

      Its not even worth fighting you over this.... Continue to believe in your magical being and I will continue to believe in the strength of mankind and what we create. the biggestthing that annoys me is when someone suggests that god helped us to do it. That in itself says that you think you need to give credit to something that contributed absolutely nothing to our success. I will tell you this when the day comes that an asteroid is headed to earth you can pray to your god and i will pray to our scientists who can actually save our race. When we proetect ourseleves from a global catastrophie i will thank our scientists and you will thank god of which he accomplished nothing... You all are closed minded iditots and please articulate better in the future.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Martin T

      Word of advice, IF you ever want to be taken seriously, USE GOOD GRAMMAR and don't worry about spite. It makes you look uneducated and rather foolish. Just saying...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • Martin T

      Well said Karl... thank you

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

      1) Efficacy of prayer studies: I read the papers. Ever thought that perhaps God might not have wanted to play along?

      2) When did I say what my religious beliefs are? I claim no KNOWLEDGE of deities [as you have]. Why, you ask? Because of a little thing known as the Incompleteness Theorems. The tl;dr version of the Incompleteness Theorems states that there are strict limitations as to what you can and cannot prove logically. Therefore, to assert that there is no god is just as absurd as asserting that there is a God. It is impossible to prove either way. And don't give me the "I'm a weak atheist" crap; you've been making positive claims all over this thread.

      3) Praying to a scientist is irrational any way you look to it. Furthermore, scientists would not be dealing with impending asteroid based doom. Aerospace Engineers would. They are not scientists, they are engineers.

      Anywho, its obvious that although you claim intellectual superiority, you don't earn it, because you're acting stupid.

      Also, you dun got trolled.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • karl

      Once again capercorn your lack of intelligence amuses me... You are not worthy of a sound argument because all you hope to accomplish is the last word. Keep on believing whatever you want, i dont care, you will have my pity 🙂 If you have the chance google intelligence religiosity correlation and research why a persons belief in a god diminshes the smarter he becomes.... I guess all the samrt people are stupid derp...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • karl

      Oh and to set the record straight, as a mechanical engineer, scientists do not just work in a laboratory and it takes more than one type of scientist to stop something as theoretically numbing as an asteroid....derp

      July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Karl, I'm not the one making positive claims about anything.

      If you want to prove that you are the paragon of rationality and logic that you claim to be, than show me:

      1) Proof that the God question is Godel complete.
      2) That the question can be answered in the negative.

      Furthermore, it comes off as odd when you call a MENSA member unintelligent.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Karl, if you're an ME, then why do you have time to derp around CNN? Or do you have trouble getting clients?

      I'll just flat out say it, I'm a student, studying aerospace engineering. I'm on summer break, and trolling is amusing to me.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Capercorn

      Sorry. I'll rephrase question 1.

      Prove that it is possible, at all, to claim knowledge of deities, by showing that the Incompleteness Theorems does not apply to the God question.

      Because once you do that, proving 2, either yay or nay, is an easy endeavor.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Marshall Law

      WHO HERE BELIEVES IN SCIENCE!!!!!???

      July 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  2. Dale

    Planet Earth and all the creatures on it including humans, are on my giant petri dish and God is watching to see if it is good or bad culture.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Mark

    How can you approve or disapprove of something that an imaginary person does?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  4. Soul69

    Thanks CNN for enlightenment. Harmony in relationship is the core value in any faith. If we have achieved that this world will be a heaven and next thing will be a debate on how to stop the death, if we achieved that then God is among us doing his job right and will be awarded 100% rating.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Martin T

      wow, why do I suddenly have the urge to smoke one?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Julie

    I would think it better to be concerned with God's approval rating of us.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • Jacob

      AMEN to that!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  6. Barking Alien

    God. You are so fired!! I thought your were omnipotent and omnipresent. You have the ability to fix all of these problems and you appear to be slacking. Are you on vacation?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Martin T

      Perhaps the "BIG BANG" was nothing more than a HUGE god fart... He just hasn't wiped yet.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  7. truth2power

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk41Gbjljfo&w=640&h=360]

    July 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  8. Martin T

    The problem with these types of stories and the subsequent discussions is that nearly EVERY Atheist approaches the subject from the standpoint of truth, reason, and evidences.. while the Christians, who usually don't even understand their own religion, come on here and call names, spit out anger toward the atheists, and present NOTHING of value.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • drahcir61

      I will also add that the LEAST tolerant people in our society are those who believe in God.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • karl

      agreed

      July 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Martin T

      You are so very correct....

      July 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
    • Zack

      Not that you're being biased or anything.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • OnLooker

      Look, if God doesn't exist, then why do you read these posts? Why do you care so much about beliefs of others? Since there is no point of existence then there is no point in getting fed up about a big myth. Actually, there is no use getting emotional about anything because there is absolutely nothing to life. You have your seventy years and that's it. Before you even attempt to discern the nature of God, you must discern his existence.

      July 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  9. your husband (Fred)

    Hello My Love,

    God's popularity with Americans is falling.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  10. Chuck

    And you know what God says to this article? "If you don't like the way things are going, quit telling me what I say, and start hearing what I say. Things might go a little better"

    July 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Russ

      The funny thing is you are literally making up a quote by "God" thus being completely ironic and hypocritical in your post. Did you mean to look this dumb?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • drahcir61

      Put the glue down, it's not meant to sniff.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  11. louis

    EVERYBODY REALLY KNOWS THERE IS NO GOD/SANTA/ TOOTH FAIRY OR OTHER MYTHICAL BEINGS.. SO WHIY DO THEY ASK??/

    July 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Doledart

      You did read the part about it being a Democratic firm that did the polling, right? I'm sure they were hoping for less of an approval rating to use against the far (far) right wing. Wonder how much money was wasted on this poll. More and more stupidity.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  12. monte

    at least its not another race baiting article

    July 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  13. Peeraz

    What Kind of a stupid article is this !

    July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • no

      Uh, duh... It's the stupid kind.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  14. monte

    Leave it to CNN to ask man to judge God.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  15. Kacy

    How about defining what humanity's job description is in terms of making the world a quality place to llive for everyone? I bet our job performance wouldn't be too good. Don't judge God for things we let happen. If we wanted world hunger to end, it would have. For example, who buys so many cans of peas that groceries stores have to stock so much on the shelves all over the U.S. If we wanted to end poverty, we would have, but peolpe love money and pride too much. I mean if no one was poor who would make our clothes, shoes, phones, etc. Really, America, really?

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

      This poll, /me thinks has more to do with judging the reliability of public opinion polls, rather than making some sort of philosophical or theological statement.

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

      I would still like a poll to see how people rate themselves that making the world better on a consistent basis instead of living in their lives without thought to others.

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

      Why not judge him for things we let happen? Because isn't it obvious he lets it happen too? And he's supposed to be all powerful and knowing?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
    • Marshall Law

      God?- if he did exist – he sucks...

      July 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  16. lisa

    man needs to claim some or most of the responcibilty for what is going on...we need to take better care of our chuldren and our mothers and fathers..world would be a better place

    July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  17. Russ

    curt you are just as big of an idiot saying that god created Earth...

    July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  18. truthbetold

    The Lord is doing a grand comedic experiment with this world and is going to create the real thing in another 10 billion years after he's finished his testing with Earth. So, don't get your hopes up, enjoy while you can cause this is all there is for you and I and that's not so bad, really. But if believing you're going to go to a heaven when you die makes you feel good that is ok too. Good luck.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  19. Marshall Law

    How ridiculous....Just ridiculousness in its most potent form. While we are on the subject of approval ratings for imaginary figures – I see that Zeus is up 8% while Dionysus down 5%. This debate in the Halls of Olympus has also effected other God ratings including: Artemis@10%; Athena@4%; Aphrodite@3%; Demeter@2%; Persephone@7%; Hera@4% Hestia@8%; The overseer of Gods, Ra-supreme creator and sun god will have to win out Zeus in the 2012 campaign...(continue fairy tale here..)

    July 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  20. leecherius

    There is no approval or disapproval , nobodies place to question why. Some just have a much higher opinion of themselves than deserved. Everything is temporary and subject to change. The wheels were set in motion to do what they will. We are but a speck in the time line.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
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