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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. Lucy

    Let's allow God to answer: "Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy on him; and to our God for He will abundantly pardon. FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NOR ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, says the Lord." (Isaiah 55:7-8)

    July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Spiffy

      I have a book called Harry Potter. I think I will start a religion over it.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • derp

      "Let's allow God to answer"

      In related news, god didn't write the bible. Its not his words.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • adam

      Awesome job, Lucy! Way to let the record speak for itself.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Tom

      You and Adam are deluded. God doesn't exist. And the Bible is fiction.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  2. GB

    God's approval rating??..... wonder how God thinks WE are doing?????.... can't change anything?... blame God.. so what else is new... what a STUPID poll.....

    July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Spiffy

      It is stupid because there is no God.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  3. Lawrence

    Was this poll about President Obama? Sorry, couldn't let it pass.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  4. Hayabusa

    This is only slightly less scary than reading that 72% of Americans believe in angels, while roughly 35% believe in evolution.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • News Flash

      50 % can't answer "around what celestial object does the earth rotate" .

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • derp

      Don't you heathens know that the earth is the center of the universe.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Charlie

    I find it funny how athiests come on these pages and post stupid stuff...Im praying for all of you

    July 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Rick

      Come on Charlie...only slaves beg

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

      I find it funny that you think helping consists of talking to thin air....

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

      Yeah like how we talk to an invisible man who controls the universe. Oh wait....

      July 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • cos

      Athiests love these posts cos in their heart they beleive God exists...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Dukes

      Yet you are the one that believes in an invisible man in the sky...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Bobs your uncle

      Yet, heres a christian posting how hes praying for all of us... talk about stupid stuff.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Theodore

      While you pray I am going to go out and do something to make the world a better place.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • RAWoD

      Hey Charlie: Nothing fails like prayer.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • derp

      We come here and post because making fun of you fundies is fun and entertaining.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Thinker...

      Two hands working do more than two clasped in prayer.

      "Give man Fish, he will eat for a day. Teach man to Fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach man Religion and he will die praying for fish."

      July 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  6. freddy j

    God does NOT care about ratings. He gave us everything we need to live and take care of our planet. We just chose to flush everything down the toilet and in landfills and polute what beautiful environment that was created for us to enjoy. He lets everything good and bad happen. He is there for us to help us through the choices we make. He can not do it for us.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Bobs your uncle

      "Created for us to enjoy" is exactly the phrasing that allowed us to destroy everything. Its not about enjoyment, its about balance. If a thing is there for your enjoyment, you will use it up and destroy it as the only value it has is your pleasure..

      July 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Gilly

      Yes, SHE did!

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • xmxm

      God does not exist.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  7. a

    Too stupid for science? Try religion!

    July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Lucy

      Science only proves the Bible. And archeology, and prophecy, and history ....

      July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Thinker...

      Hey Sheep...I mean Lucy....I just made a pitcher of KoolAid, would you like some?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • i wonder

      Lucy
      "Science only proves the Bible."

      What does it prove? That there was a culture living in the Middle East thousands of years ago? That they had supersti.tions and myths? Interesting, but so what? Prophecy proved - bosh. Not one supernatural fantasy in the Bible has been verified.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  8. al sullivan

    The old quote comes to mind, "When I became a man I gave up childish things," but with religion it is just the opposite. The nearer people come to death, the more they look to God to justify how they wasted their lives. Nobody wants to face death as the end of things, but the more faith we put in the afterlife, the less we do to make this life better. That's the real crime of fundamentalists. They are so busy being selfish about saving their own souls, they forget they owe something to the world they live in. God in this reguard is an utter failure.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • Sully

      'reguard' is an utter failure.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  9. God Bless Texas

    Those that took this survey and gave God less than 100% need to understand God doesn't need their approval. For those Clowns that do not believe in a higher being and choose this as a form of entertainment....enjoy yourself while you can. If your correct and there is no God then most of us who do believe spent our lives living through a set of rules that made us good people and when we pass on at least we made the Earth a better place. If your wrong and there is a God..........Uh Oh lucky for you, as believers, most of us believe you should be allowed to join us in the after life....we'll pray for you.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • a

      The most evil things done in this world are done in the name of religion.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Rick

      What if there is a god, and it is not the one you envision? What if there is a god and he/she/it prefers that people use their intellect rather than grovelling like a bunch of slaves?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • Lenny

      You seem to fail when it comes to recognizing how approval polls work. 52% was the percentage of people who gave him favorable (as opposed to unfavorable or neutral) ratings. There was no 'on a scale of 1-100 how do you think God is doing' question. However, since you are from Texas logic is unlikely to be your strong point so you are forgiven.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Thinker...

      Well said 'a'

      God Bless Texas, you can waste your time praying to your 'Magic Man in the Sky' and I will keep doing great things for my community each and every day. Granted, most churches do good things for the community but you also give money to your church to pay your clergy and it's staff. That money should be spent elsewhere. I am in the payroll business and see how much it costs churches to pay their employees. (Yes they are employees and if you think any different you are not as smart as you like to think) An average size church in this country has a payroll of at least $300,000 to $500,000 a year. This has to be paid out before any of that money hits the community. A church is a business first and formost. FInally, as far as your prediction of me and many like me going to hell, I certainly hope you picked your religion carefully. There are over 50,000 recognized religions in this world who all have different rules or interpretations of the bible or their religious scripts. I hope you picked the right one. Good luck with that. If you think you picked the right one, I advise that you go buy a lottery ticket.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • Jerry Senzee

      Believers have a hard time understanding that the universe doesn't care what they believe.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  10. Thinker...

    100% of people who took this poll are pretty silly. I want to see a poll on Santa. I can see it now...62% of people were not satisfied with the presents they got this past year. Really people...God...a magic man in the sky....are we ever going to get people to understand that there is no God? Religion was created by simple people thousands of years ago to explain things they didn't or couldn't comprehend. Oh my gosh, a thunderstorm...God/Zeus must be mad at us; we must pray more. The sooner we get this supposed 'God' out of everyday life, the better. Most people in the 21st century are pretty stupid.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • RAWoD

      Those of us living in the 21st century are fully aware that organized religion asks "the faithful" to live in the 19th century (or 18th, or 13th depending on your choice of fairy tale).

      July 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  11. Pensive

    Guys-God is so eagerly waiting for the approval rating results make sure you vote...

    July 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  12. Child of god

    So now we feel so Big, that we actually think it is order to judge God on His performance? If you do not believe He exists, you need not worry, nor be mad at those who do believe- how does their belief affect you? Mind your own biz, not theirs.

    But if you believe God exists ( and by God i mean the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and not one of the others Gods people believe in), be careful and not create Him in your own image ( for example suggesting to Him what he ought to or not do is creating Him in your own mind)

    July 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Thinker...

      Child of God....you scare me. I agree with your one statement though, what people choose to 'waste' their time on is their decision but when it affects my country; that is when I am concerned. As long as we can get this country to adhere to Separation of Church and State, I have no problem. However, this has not happened when we have members of the political elite stating they attacked a country after praying hard about it or God told me to run for president. Keep Religion out of my Government and I won't think in your church.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • Laughing

      You're right, lets live and let live, I'll just go down to my abortion clinic with my gay partner......oh wait I think we're going to have a problem

      July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • RAWoD

      We would easily "mind our own biz" if you believers would let us. But you don't recipricate. You're constantly trying to force your religious beliefs upon those of us who honestly believe that every organized religion is just fooling itself. There probably is something that binds us all together - every person, animal, rock, plant, planet, and star. We agnostics simply point out that no man 'knows' what that binding force is. Those that profess to know are simply believing in the krap they were brought up with. Either that or they are just lying for control and their own gain.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  13. Dukes

    If God is real then he/she/it really does a crappy job.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  14. AC

    This is down right mockery. How dare CNN publish such trash and mock those of faith. I'm sure God's approval rate of you right now is not very high. Don't you have...real news to be covering???

    July 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Dukes

      Why is having faith a good thing? Blindly following something without question is pathetic and damaging to human progress.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Lucy

      Agreed, AC.

      Dukes: I searched for the truth, researched every possibility and meditated til I was blue in the face. It was only when I invited Jesus inside, did I meet God and understand that He is Truth. I challenge you to do the same.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • Rick

      So, you know what god is thinking? Can you be any more pompous?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • RAWoD

      I suppose your concept of 'real news' would be along the lines of Harold Camping's prediction of a rapture. Grow up.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  15. This article is JUNK...

    Hey...John Blake...they actually pay you to write this junk?! Your position with CNN should be eliminated!!

    July 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  16. alyk

    God did not forget us.We forgot God, thats the problem

    July 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • a

      oh brother

      July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • xmxm

      No what you actually forgot was to use a part of your brain that helps you understand god is a pure fantasy.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • News Flash

      Right, we forgot him, so he got pi'ssed, and THAT'S why he killed all those babies in Ja'pan last spring. Un huh.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  17. ColinO

    What job performance? He'd actually have to do something for there to be a performance. If you believe that God actually influences the world and events on a day to day basis, then what does that say about him and not doing anything about the MILLIONS of atrocities that occur every day? I at least understand the Christian perspective when they say, "He gave man free will, therefore they'll do what they do and he won't interfere." But when I hear people say things like, "Thank God for making it rain today." or anything else like that, you're actively acknowledging that he affects the world and so is responsible for either causing worldwide devastation, or simply does nothing to stop it.

    Job performance? You've got to be kidding me.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Exaggeration Police

      Millions of atrocities? I may have gone with hundreds or maybe thousands.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • ColinO

      Millions. I'm not just talking about deaths. Thousands of children die every day. Think about every instance of violence, abuse, neglect. Think about how many times it happens each day to a single child. Certainly not just once. Millions.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • ColinO

      Or...if you really need me to reign it in, hundreds of thousands.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  18. adam

    Throughout history it has always been difficult for many of people to mesh the truth of God being all-loving, all-powerful, and all-knowing with the truth also of there being pain and suffering in the world. It seems as if the first thing were true, there'd be no pain and suffering. But it's really rooted in an oversight of what it means for God to have those three mentioned attributes.

    You see, God can't do anything that is unrighteous. Part of being all-loving and all-powerful is distributing perfect justice. God is handcuffed, if you will, to having to do what is right. And what is righteous and just is for humanity to suffer for the sin it commits. Besides, sinning against God must have negative consequences because it is the essence of separating oneself from God, which has to be a painful experience.

    Arguing for a desire for God to be different is arguing for God to be unrighteous and unholy, which is obviously a corruption of what would otherwise be perfect. We should be thankful for God's perfection. We should be thankful that despite our sin, He loves us so much that He was willing to sacrifice his Son for us. A perfect sacrifice was needed for us to become perfect and enter into God's presence.

    We are responsible for our pain and suffering. God does everything He can to help and save us.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Colin

      or maybe we made the whole thing up....

      July 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • roumen tomanov

      god is full of crap

      July 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • adam

      Always nice to see the articulate arguments back against God's existence, Colin and RT.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • ColinO

      And what about infants that die every day due to neglect or outright murder? What about children like Caylee Anthony? What sins are they guilty of that they deserved to die in such a way? Your beliefs...are sick.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • adam

      So apparently you want no justice for Caylee Anthony. That's exactly my point. You want God to be unjust and let humanity off the hook. You fail to recognize that when you cancel God out, you cancel out all hope for ever recieving justice. You look up to the sky and say "Why, God? Why?" but as a Christian I can know that God will and does distribute justice.

      That child is in heaven. And God loves her, just like all of humanity, eternally.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • ColinO

      I don't even know why I bother. It's like trying to convince a schizophrenic person that the voices they hear aren't real, pointless. That child died, horribly, and no doubt painfully. Your God allowed that to happen. If you're somehow able to reconcile in your mind that it was okay, because it was part of his plan, and that he still loves her, that is seriously disturbing.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • adam

      Colin, it'd be unrighteous for God to not give us freewill. There is no value or love in mindless robots worshipping God.

      Again, we sinned. What part of that are you having trouble understanding? God allowed Casey with her freewill to sin. It is the sinners fault. God has one of two other choices. Take away our freewill, or not be just in having us experience the pain associated with seperation from Him. I like the first option: we have freewill, God is perfectly just, and he has saved us from our sins by paying our debt for us. All we have to do is accept responsibilty and not thumb our noses up at Him.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Sam

    Hey look.. his approval rating is only slightly better than obama's!

    July 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  20. AIZEN

    this is one useless article wow cnn

    July 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
    • Jerry Senzee

      Not nearly as useless as articles about Palin.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
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