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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. MIke Prede

    The most basic rule that All Scientists learn first: "the absence of proof is not proof of absence".
    Besides, All Scientists today know the universe has several different "layers" and dimensions.
    but atheists ? naa they have all figured out on their cult. "there is nothing out there"...
    atheists are comparable to a schizoaffective, paranoid person..... at best ! lol

    July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Rick

      As opposed to your cult, Mike?

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

      They also learn that absence of proof is not proof.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Spiffy

      So I can just make any ridiculous claim and since you cannot disprove it there is a chance of its existence? That sounds illogical.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Not in the slightest. There is plenty out there. But nothing we would call "deity". Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. You are making the claim that there is a God, so the burden of proof is on you. Quoting a worthless maxim is not going to cut it.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Birdgirl44

      Wow. I started to respond to this and just decided not to waste any more of my time. To each his own. If you want to believe in God, go ahead! Let those of us who chose to believe in one less God than you do it without being shamed or belittled, or judged. I mean, isn't God the one who's supposed to do the judging anyway? Get over yourself.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  2. Neil Kennedy

    God's response can be read in Job 40 & 41.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      You mean a man pretending to be god.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Mary Lanclos

    God is the great I AM and not an "it." He does exist and we will all meet Him. Will He accept your arguments for not believing and serving Him?

    July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      I have some magic beans I would like to sell you.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      Mary Lanclos

      God is the great I AM and not an "it." He does exist and we will all meet Him. Will He accept your arguments for not believing and serving Him?

      --------
      Is it me or do you want to F&^ k god?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  4. gs081

    Seriously? LOL!

    July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

    The Bobinator

    > They are one more reason for the mockery and the dance of devil..... who cares about retarded polls like that? let's make a poll asking how good is the performance of a flying elefant...it makes more sense than this....lol

    Is the devil more powerful then your God? If not, then God's plans cannot be impinged by Satan. Meaning if Satan is winning, or affecting people to sin, it's God's will. Chomp on that one.

    --------
    Myth logic with the assumption that god is real.......god created sin...god created the devil and the devil does god's work.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
  6. JO

    who are we to rate the God and creator of the universe? silly humans...

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

      jo: why do you equate 'creator" and "god"?

      July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  7. Wait

    Which God did you poll for?
    Money or S*x? These are the two things people worship these days...

    July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Amen to that! Cha-ching groan!

      July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  8. Chaz

    We must give God not only a perfect approval rating, but our worship and praise. Creating us and sending His Son Jesus to die for us should earn him 100% approval.

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

      Who told you such stupid things?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Didn't he create us so we could worship Him?

      Didn't Jesus die in order us of a sin that we had no control over, i.e. Adam and Eve's?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      Why didn't God just sent himself? If I sent my son to die, I would be called a criminal and child abuser. You will follow up by saying "Jesus and God are one!" I will say that that is some mighty fine back peddling, but you still sound like a lunatic.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • derp

      Until he cures cancer I can't give him anything better than a C+.

      It's a pretty crappy god that can't even cure cancer.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  9. petercha

    "God's job approval rating"? Who on Earth are WE to judge GOD?

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

      While we are at it lets judge how the fairies are doing their job. Or those unicorns. I think those guys are doing horrible jobs too.

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

      Who on earth are you to judge anyone?

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

      Just the ones that exist.

      July 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Chuck Norris

      I have found him mediocre compared to my works.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • really?

      It's a joke article. Get over it.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  10. BL

    The universe and everything in it is the Absolute (Call it Being, Presence, Awareness or even God if you want) in form. The forms change constantly, but the Absolute is unchanging and eternal, and always perfect. It's always present and available, nothing to do do, nowhere to go and nothing to achieve. We're the only creatures on the planet that don't fully realize this, because we're so attached to the form and whether the results of the form's' actions conform to our preconceived personalization of "good" and "bad." Every sage from Christ to Buddha to the present has said this over and over for thousands of years,

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

      That is a wonderful comment, and true. Please check out The Present at Truthcontest(dot)com.

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

      'Unchanging'?

      Wait, I just walked across the room. If it is unchanging how did I do that?

      July 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  11. Odin One Eye

    My approval rating is quite high

    July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  12. Scott

    I give Him high marks for creation in general, and the love and compassion He made us capable of. 'Still a little put out about the whole hide-yourself-then-demand-belief thing. Perhaps in the hereafter it'll all turn out fairer than I imagine it from this end. As for the world's misery, I'll wait until we've cleaned up our own act and seehow things are then before blaming Him for present conditions.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  13. Doc Vestibule

    I'd vote Bacchus into power.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  14. AGuest9

    But the Flying Spaghetti Monster is right up there with a 78% approval rating!

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

      Ramen!

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

      All hail his nooddley appendages!

      Raman

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

      I tried to prove the FSM didn't exist, but I couldn't. Therefore he exists.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  15. martineeeeee

    I loled.

    There is no god and we are all fhuckd.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Hayabusa

    Why won't god heal amputees? Or at least help the 25,000 children who die of starvation around the world every week? And we're supposed to believe he helped that running back get into the end zone? Religion keeps people stupid.

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

      Because helping those persons is not part of his plan...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • God

      Amputees are sinners. Most of those children had impure thoughts. I am more a fan of the West Coast offense.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • derp

      He is a lousy planner

      July 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  17. Jermaine Ladd

    How in the world can you judge God? Jesus' human sacrifice is quite enough. Yet for me he has graced me with so much more to be thankful for. He has given man dominion of the earth and in return humans partnered with the devil in exploiting the earth. The blame on natural disasters is a result of man's disobedience and carelessness. What percentage do I give faithless ingrate human beings? ZERO

    WE ARE IN DEBT TO GOD (Jesus) for Praise!

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

      You are crazy. Seek help.

      If you think there is a magical invisible man who controls the universe you probably have a problem.

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

      You think human beings are to blame for natural disasters? Wow.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  18. Steven

    I say we create a new church–"Club 27," with Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain and Winehouse as our saints, and their songs as our prayers and hymns. Anyone want to join?

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

      A little scary to join if you're over 27...

      July 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Steven
      Intead of communion wine, would there be heroin?

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

      ... even more scary if you are under 27...

      July 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  19. Geoz

    He started so strong with the creation and all.... but then it seems that the seventh day just won't end. I mean a day off is fine, but what have you done for me lately? Ok... the rainbow was nice too. I'll give you that. Still, god, it just isn't working out. I'm afraid we're going to have to let you go.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  20. fair and balanced fredrico

    I'm with the 48% who

    think that God is doing

    a rotten job.

    July 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
    • The Jackdaw

      That 48% does not believe in God and I'm with them too.

      July 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
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