Poll: God has better approval rating than Congress

July 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than half of U.S. voters approve of God's job
performance, according to a new poll, making God more popular than all
members of Congress.

The poll -- which was conducted by the Democratic research firm
Public Policy Polling (PPP) -- surveyed 928 people and found that 52
percent of Americans approved of God's overall dealings, while only 9
percent disapproved.

Questions about God were asked as part of a larger survey assessing
American opinions of congressional leaders in the midst of the ongoing
debt ceiling debate in Washington.

God's approval rating exceeded that of House Speaker John Boehner,
R-Ohio, as well as both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, with each
party receiving only a 33 percent approval rating.

God also polled significantly higher than the scandal-ridden media
baron Rupert Murdoch: only 12 percent of those polled viewed him
favorably, compared to 49 percent who viewed him unfavorably.

"Though not the most popular figure PPP has polled, if God exists,
voters are prepared to give it (sic) good marks," PPP said in a July 21
press release.

The poll also gauged God's handling of specific "issues." When asked
to rate God on the creation of the universe, 71 percent of voters
approved and only 5 percent disapproved. Respondents were also generally
appreciative of God's governance of the "animal kingdom," with 56
percent approving and 11 percent disapproving.

Younger respondents were more critical of God's handling of natural
disasters, with those ages 18-29 expressing a 26 percent disapproval
rating, compared to 12 percent disapproval among those 65 and older.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage
points.