God’s approval ratings

The most breathtakingly presumptuous opinion poll of all time:

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.

via Poll: God has better approval rating than Congress | The Christian Century.

Those numbers are decent at this point in the election cycle, but if God wants to be re-elected to the office of God and avoid a primary challenge, he should work on his appeal to certain demographics.   Oh, wait.  God is a King, not a president.  He elects us; we don’t elect Him.  He has to approve of us; we don’t have to approve of Him.  I know these social scientists were trying to be humorous, but the poll raises the question of whether or not our democratic, consumer-driven, truth-by-opinion-polling culture can long conceive of the God of Abraham and Isaac and the truths of His Word.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    The other side of the coin is this: Had the pollsters questioned God concerning His approval rating of mankind, they would have found very high (unprecedented, really) numbers immediately after Adam and Eve were created which shortly thereafter plummeted (fell – precipitously) and remained at abysmally low levels until the incarnation of Christ when they showed a significant uptick. After the events of Holy Week, God’s approval rating for mankind skyrocketed to levels unseen since the Garden of Eden. Most analysts feel that, in the future, God’s approval of the sheep faction of mankind will approach 100% while that for the goat contingent will be undetectable.

  • Pete

    The other side of the coin is this: Had the pollsters questioned God concerning His approval rating of mankind, they would have found very high (unprecedented, really) numbers immediately after Adam and Eve were created which shortly thereafter plummeted (fell – precipitously) and remained at abysmally low levels until the incarnation of Christ when they showed a significant uptick. After the events of Holy Week, God’s approval rating for mankind skyrocketed to levels unseen since the Garden of Eden. Most analysts feel that, in the future, God’s approval of the sheep faction of mankind will approach 100% while that for the goat contingent will be undetectable.

  • http://acroamaticus.blogspot.com Pr Mark Henderson

    ‘God is a King…He elects us, we don’t elect him’.
    Nice line, Dr Veith. Mind if I use it in a sermon?

  • http://acroamaticus.blogspot.com Pr Mark Henderson

    ‘God is a King…He elects us, we don’t elect him’.
    Nice line, Dr Veith. Mind if I use it in a sermon?

  • Dennis Peskey

    This poll was taken a long time ago and answered by God. He said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding.” Job 38:2,4

  • Dennis Peskey

    This poll was taken a long time ago and answered by God. He said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding.” Job 38:2,4

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  • CRB

    Picking up on Pete’s scriptural reference, it’s worth noting that God’s opinion of man before the Flood did not change after the Flood.

    “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:6-7

    “…the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” Genesis 8:21

    Man is still in need of the Savior who said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:37

  • CRB

    Picking up on Pete’s scriptural reference, it’s worth noting that God’s opinion of man before the Flood did not change after the Flood.

    “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” Genesis 6:6-7

    “…the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” Genesis 8:21

    Man is still in need of the Savior who said, “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:37

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When God showed up in this pride-soaked world in the form of Jesus, the poll numbers were pretty dismal.

    They still are… no matter what people say.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    When God showed up in this pride-soaked world in the form of Jesus, the poll numbers were pretty dismal.

    They still are… no matter what people say.

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    It is a shame we never seem to learn that the universe is not a democracy and we do not have an option to opt out. And as presented it is God’s opinion of us that really matters.

  • http://mikeerich.blogspot.com Mike Erich The Mad Theologian

    It is a shame we never seem to learn that the universe is not a democracy and we do not have an option to opt out. And as presented it is God’s opinion of us that really matters.


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