Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling organization out of North Carolina that likes to make news with flashy headlines, released the results of a survey today that included a question not too often asked by pollsters: "If God exists, do you approve or disapprove of its performance?" Fifty-two percent of the 928 respondents approve of the job the Almighty's done while 9 percent disapprove.So about half the public isn't too thrilled with the way God is handling, well, everything. These people realize that, if God exists, He knows how they answered, right? Looks like we've got a new flood to get ready for.
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. News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch fares the worst of everybody at 12 percent. President Obama's approval rating, which has been taking a beating this year, wasn't measured in the PPP poll. But the Real Clear Politics average makes it look close to Godliness at 46 percent.
The thing from the survey that stands out to us (besides the curious use of "its" to refer to God) is the approval ratings the pollsters found for God in key areas of his purview. Seventy-one percent of the American public approves of God's handling of the creation of the universe, 56 percent approve of its (or his? or her?) handling of the animal kingdom, and even 50 percent like the way he manages natural disasters. 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.
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