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Poll: Majority of Americans approve of God’s job performance

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Most Americans say they are pleased with the job God is doing these days.

The Democratic polling outfit Public Policy Polling released the results of a poll Tuesday asking such questions as “If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?” and “If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its handling of natural disasters?”

For the record, 52 percent of Americans approve of God’s performance, while 9 percent disapprove. Forty percent aren’t sure.

Michael Sadowsky, who came up with the question in the poll, said PPP often includes silly questions just for fun.

“I felt an approval rating for God would be an interesting silly question as polls on God almost always ask what one’s beliefs are, not how good a job the deity in question is doing,” he said.

When it comes to God’s handling of natural disasters, 50 percent of Americans approve while 13 percent disapprove.

“Clearly God was going to get great ratings in America where the vast majority is Christian,” Sadowsky said, “but whether Americans would give God as good ratings on natural disasters wasn’t so clear.”

The poll was careful not to use language describing God as a male. (CNN poll: Obama has the public on his side in debt debate)

“God was referred to as ‘it’ rather than ‘he’ because not everyone who believes in God believes God to be male,” Sadowsky said. “Using ‘it’ in the God questions allowed them to be more inclusive.”

Fifty-six percent of Americans approve of God’s handling of animals, while 11 percent disapprove. And God’s highest marks come after the question of his “handling of creating the universe.” Seventy-one percent of Americans approve. Only 5 percent disapprove.

PPP surveyed 928 American voters in the poll.

  • Demolition18

    God should
    grant me his almighty powers. I complain about him worse than Jim Carrey in
    Bruce Almighty. He made the real world stink. It’s boring and I get addicted to
    sleep for that. I could do a better job than God and answer prayers not answered
    for helping us with things. I have been around 7 to 8 years of looking for a
    girlfriend. I am having the Internet not responding. This wouldn’t happen if I
    were endowed with God’s powers. He should give his job to me. I even have said
    that God should be fired as of people still using profanity. I make the
    requests for the lord’s name in vain to cease and people to not use bad words
    again. How many of you would like to have God’s powers? We could call me Tim
    Almighty if I had it.

  • Ginny

    Maybe the question posed should be:  What is God’s opinion of us!

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  • katz

    I would rather live
    my life as if there is a God,

    And die to find out
    there isn’t, than live my life

    As if there isn’t,
    and die to find out there is.