U.S. Voters Give G-d A 52% Approval Rating

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 31, 2011

The Facebook friend posted the headline “US voters give G-d a 52% approval rating.” The link with the post goes to a story at the Los Angeles Examiner. ( The page is sponsored by … redundancy alert … a personal injury lawyer. ) It seems as though a political polling firm tossed a few questions about G-d into the mix. Here are the four questions, and the results:

1) If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?
Approve …………..52%
Disapprove ………. 9%
Not sure ………….40%
2) If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its handling of natural disasters?
Approve …………..50%
Disapprove ……….13%
Not sure …………..37%
3) If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its handling of animals?
Approve ……………56%
Disapprove ………..11%
Not sure ……………33%
4) If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its handling of creating the universe?
Approve …………….71%
Disapprove ………… 5%
Not sure …………….24%

The G-d of this survey is gender neutral. It can be male, female, hermaphrodite, or spaghetti.” “The reason G-d was referred to as “it” rather than “he” in the poll was because not everyone who believes in G-d believes G-d to be male. Using “it” in the G-d questions allowed them to be more inclusive.”

Atlas Forum has a link to a blog post by the polling perps, Public Policy Polling. ( There is no word, yet, about Peter Piper picking pickled peppers.) The AF has the comment: “So this isn’t an Onion article? PPP really thought it was a good use of resources to run an approval rating on God?”.

The PPP post has a .pdf of a detailed report of the study. In addition to rating G-d, respondents were asked about Rupert Murdoch and John Boehner. The four questions about G-d were phrased “If G-d exists…”. There is no indication about how respondents who do not agree with the existence of G-d were dealt with. Maybe this is in the report, which PG is too slack to read.

CNN has a video interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. He wonders why G-d is as popular as the poll says. ( PG wonders where G-d is when Jesus worshipers verbally abuse their neighbors.) The comments at CNN are amusing. John “Breivik is NOT a fundamental Christian!! He declared to be a cultural christian in his own manifest. That has NOTHING to do with Christianity as a belief, a religion, a way of life. “America “For the record, I approve of God. I DON’T approve of the President. “Gina “Right on! “Gina “It’s not God……the problem is you!!”

Dino Grandoni, at the Atlantic, points out that “Public Policy Polling … likes to make news with flashy headlines…” A link to this comment shows that PPP released a poll, in April, showing “46 Percent of Mississippi GOP Want to Ban Interracial Marriage.” In March, PPP told us “Sarah Palin Trails Charlie Sheen in Presidential Polling”. Some people will believe anything, if it is said to be proven by a survey.

The first page of google results had little to add to this report. A Jesus worship site says “ONLY 52% of U.S. VOTERS GIVE GOD THE THUMBS UP (as if God needs our approval) “ Jesus Needs Money gets an HT for the tasteful video embedded above. The International Business Times makes the curious comment : “Americans give a 50 approvals and 13 disapprovals on occasional earthquake or hurricane. They might believe that these atrocities build character.” A comment there: “This is an Onion article, right? Please tell me it is. “

Pictures tonight are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

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