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God beats Congress in poll–is anyone surprised?

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By Kelsey Williams, SFGate.com

While not “the most popular figure” ever polled, God still beats many American leaders.

A new poll found that most Americans think God is doing a pretty swell job running things. The same can’t be said for Congress.

A Democratic polling company, Public Policy Polling, conducted a survey of 928 Americans, and found that 52 percent of voters approve of the deity with only nine percent disapproving. The survey, found here, was conducted over the phone from July 15through July 17, and had a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

In the survey, the polling firm referred to God as “it” to avoid placing a specific gender on the deity, a choice that could have affected perception of the poll.

God far surpassed Congressional approval ratings, a mere 33 percent for both Republicans and Democrats, and beat Senate Majority leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, by a hefty margin.

In the results, the research team found a significant gap in the numbers depending on age groups with voters between the ages of 18 and 29 more likely to be critical of God—26 percent disapproving. Only four percent of respondents over 65 voiced their disapproval.

Michael Sadowsky also noted another age discrepancy in the company’s blog:

“Only 15 percent of those 18-29 said they were unsure whether they approved of God, while 54 percent of those over 65 said they were unsure. This could indicate that the youth is much more comfortable answering silly questions about religion while the elderly feel a question on God’s approval is taking religion too lightly.”

God scored highly in his role in creating the world—71 percent approval—but not so well in dealing with natural disasters—50 percent approval and 13 percent disapproval.

While the firm noted that God was not the most popular figure it had polled, the omnipotent being is scoring well compared to other American leaders and is absolutely demolishing the widely unpopular Rupert Murdoch who received only 12 percent approval with 49 percent disapproval.

Rupert Murdoch’s approval rating pales in comparison to the supreme being. (Duh!) Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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