Thursday, January 31, 2013

Poll: 3-in-10 say God will help decide Super Bowl

Who will win Sunday's Super Bowl? God only knows -- literally. Or so say nearly 3-in-10 Americans in a new survey.

The Public Religion Institute found that 27 percent of those polled in its January tracking survey believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins sports events.

In the football-lovin' South, an even greater percentage -- 36 percent -- think the Almighty has a stake in the outcome of games on the field.

The survey also found that a majority of Americans -- 53 percent -- do agree that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success. Forty-two percent said no way that's right.

But there's also this finding: 41 percent of those surveyed said they watch sports at least once a week, while only 37 percent said they go to a house of worship at least once a week.

Check out more findings.

A random sample of 1,033 adults were interviewed Jan. 16-20. Margin of error: 3.5 percentage points.

-- Tim Funk


Anonymous said...

This is depressing. We are regressing. To the extent God exists in the way certain religious fundamentalists like to believe, why do we think He or She cares at all about the outcome of some guys throwing a ball on a field somewhere? Wouldn't God care so much more about basically everything else that will occur in the world this Sunday?

Personally, I will watch this game. I'm a Skins fan, but never miss a Super Bowl even though my team has not participated since 1992. However, I really hope that God has better things to do than watch the game and "reward" certain players over others....

Anonymous said...

This nonsensical belief is emblematic of what ails this country.

Even if you are a believer, it ought to offend you to hear that God wastes his time deciding the outcome of a violent, brutal game.

Sports, Inc. laughs at you, your feeblemindedness and your colleges and universities and towns and taxpayers.

All the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

one would imagine "THE GREAT I AM"
has better things to do than waste his time on a football game.
Although one might forget the awesome power and ability of our Lord.
God will bless those that believe in him. One must imagine that there are believers that play football.PROOF?? Tim Tebow!!

Anonymous said...

Scott H: I fail to see how citing Tim Tebow has anything to do with this discussion. Moreover, and if anything, Tebow weakens whatever point you are attempting to make as he is - relatively speaking - a very poor NFL quarterback, despite his outspoken evangelicalism. Still, I think the issue is that the good Lord likely doesn't care all that much about how many splinters Tebow is picking out of his behind, but rather more focused on those of his children who are weak, sick and mistreated.

Anonymous said...

Which god, I wonder? Do all the gods place bets on games? Can demons, angels, and other hobgoblins get into the betting pool? If the Book of Job is correct, the Yahweh and Satan entities seem to enjoy gambling!