Heard on the Hill: God Polls Well, but He’s Not Best
Fifty-two percent of respondents approve of God’s performance, Democratic firm Public Policy Polling reported last week.
His approval ratings are impressively high, especially when compared with those of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Congressional Democrats, who both have 33 percent approval ratings.
God shouldn’t spend too much time resting on his laurels, however, because several Senators — and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) — have polled well above the deity.
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), for example, boasted a 69 percent approval rating in March.
Wyoming Sens. John Barrasso (R), with a 69 percent approval rating, and Mike Enzi (R), with a 63 percent approval rating, polled above the Lord earlier this year.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also polled better than God back in May, when she received a 61 percent approval rating.
In February, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) made it into this club of overachievers with a 60 percent rating.
However, with only 9 percent of respondents reporting that they disapproved of God’s performance, he should take comfort that there has never been a subject, divine or otherwise, who could boast such low disapproval numbers, PPP spokesman Tom Jensen tells HOH.
Still, 40 percent of respondents reported they were unsure whether they approved or disapproved of God’s performance.
Were they just hedging because they were scared of his wrath, or was it something else?
“I think it’s a combination of being uncertain,” Jensen says, “and being thrown for a loop by an unusual poll question.”
God also polled well on his “handling of animals.” (Oh, how soon we forget the aflockalypse — when thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky in Arkansas earlier this year.)
People seem to agree that “the animal kingdom works” and that “there is a good balance there,” Jensen explains.
What is clear is that people are generally happy with God’s performance, his creation of the universe and how he has handled natural disasters, Jensen says.
The God questions were meant to demonstrate that even with the debt crisis, economic downturn and general feeling of being bummed out, people are happier with the big picture than they realize, Jensen explains.