Poll Finds 43 Percent of People Believe God Helps Tebow Win

CBS Denver, January 12, 2012

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is not the only one who thinks God helps him on the football field.

According to a national telephone survey conducted by Poll Position, 43 percent of people believe that “divine intervention” is responsible for his success compared to 42 percent of people surveyed who think that God has nothing to do with Tebow winning.

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Hispanic fans also feel that a holy power is helping the Broncos quarterback as 81 percent of those polled believe God is behind Tebow, compared to 59.5 percent among blacks and 38 percent among whites.

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  • wmarkw

    Let’s just put this down as to how much emphasis the Hispanic, Black and White communities put on religion, on average.

    Note to AmRen readers:  I know a lot of you are cultural Southerners, to whom the Protestant religion is extremely important.  Some of us came here from secularism, because we think racial differential intelligence deserves the same hearing that every other free speech issue does.  I know most of my kind are diversitarian liberals, but I believe differential intelligence (and other consequent mental skills, like future orientation) were subject to the same evolutionary pressures as melanin content.  So the people who evolved where our pre-human ancestors did, had to make the fewest adaptive changes, and those whose environment was the most different, evolved more of them.

    You can’t get to the same place from Creationism or Intelligent Design.

    • chitown

      “Note to AmRen readers:  I know a lot of you are cultural Southerners, to whom the Protestant religion is extremely important”

      Clearly you are some form of racist bigot who stereotypes like so many other ignorant liberals.  Assume nothing if you have no facts to prove your assertions.  You are not even close to being correct.

      • wmarkw

        Incorrect about what?
        That a lot of Southerners read AmRen?
        That many Southerners are staunch Protestants?

      • Anonymous

        Uhhh…there are quite a few Southerners here. Anyone that reads Amren regularly remembers the big debate over the last Civil War article.

        How is stating fact being a bigot?

      • Anonymous

        How is it racist to stereotype?  Is it racist to claim that blacks are on average less intelligent?  At worst it’s “prejudiced” but even conservatives know that “prejudice” is an invented term to mask the fact that stereotypes are on average true.  Besides, liberals are anti-stereotyping.

    • Maryland21336

      There were more Catholics in the south than in the north 150 yrs ago.  Ever heard of Charleston or New Orleans? The north was all protestant like the pilgrims who first came there.

  • Anonymous

    I think what Amren is trying to imply by posting this article will offend a lot of readers here…
    Is Amren saying more religious people are dumber?

    • TomSwift

      If I remember correctly, there is no correlation between IQ and political beliefs. (There is a correlation between IQ and Wealth, and Wealth and political beliefs, but adjusted for this the correlation between IQ and political beliefs is very low)

      There is a correlation between IQ and how you base your opinions, however. Lesser intelligent people tend to be more dogmatic. For example, “We must do this or that” because “God said to” or “We have a human right”. More intelligent people tend to be more pragmatic.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think so – I hope not, anyway. I’m not religious but I don’t mock people who are. I personally think that if there is a God, I’d like to think a football game ranks pretty low on His list of priorities…..

      That said, the point of listing the article here is unclear.

  • B

    This is the problem with religion, it robs people of their common sense. Magic isn’t real, never has been and never will be. The only beliefs that require faith are ones that can’t stand on their own merit.

    • Anonymous

      Is it “common sense” to believe that something (the universe) came from nothing as atheism postulates?  Unless you are to deny mainstream science and the Big Bang cosmology, it is basically agreed upon that the universe had an absolute beginning.  Now how did it get here?

      • B

        Atheism postulates no such thing. Athesim is the lack of belief in god, nothing more nothing less.

        “Now how did it get here? ”

        Honest people say “I don’t know” to things not known. It is also not agreed upon that the universe had an absolute beginning. The Big Bang may just be one in a series of events of the universe expanding and contracting. At this point in time, science can’t see farther back in time than the Big Bang is all. The Big Bang may be the beginning of the universe as we know it but it does not have to be the absolute beginning of anything and no good scientist would assume that to be the case. Plus, using your own reasoning, is it common sense to think a creature far more complex than the universe, one who could create it just came from nothing and created itself?

  • Thinker

    Do religious people on average have lower intelligence scores? Let’s put it this way. If we were to remove all atheists from America, we’d remove  90% of the scientists in the National Academy of Sciences. But if we removed all atheists from the prison population, we’d remove less than 1% of the inmates. 

    • FREETHINKER

      I am a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and I often visit the website: http://www.ex-christian.net

      I became a freethinker and a  member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation in 1983, after going through a traumatic, psychological struggle to leave  fundamentalist Christianity in 1981.

      Unfortunately, religion often does nothing to make bad people into honest, law-abiding citizens.  Plenty of devout Christians and devoutly religious observant Jews are often the worst kinds of crooks.  Many of the religious criminals in our prisons did not convert in prison, but were like that before they caught and convicted.

      Of course, not all devout Christians and devoutly religious observant Jews are criminals, many of those kinds of people are also good people.

      Of there are also good and bad athiests, agnostics and other freethinkers, but the point of my comment is religious often does nothing to change people for the better.

      All of us here at American Renaissance know that blacks and hispanics are among the most criminally inclined people.  Drive through any black or hispanic neighborhood and you will see plenty of churches, even more than in white neighborhoods.

    • B

      I would not preclude atheists from being sociopaths but one thing is crystal clear and that is based upon how religious blacks as a group are, there is no correlation what so ever
      between morals/ethics and their superstitious god beliefs. In fact blacks make
      it appear to be just the opposite.

  • Anonymous

    My personal opinion is this,both sides of the religious divide are ignorant concerning the matters that most influence the outcome of any collegiate or Pro sports game. It has absolutely nothing to do with God but more with Vegas. Most readers here at Amren I have observed have a very astute & correct opinion of the corporate run media in their biases & double-standards on how they report inter-racial violent crime. Most Amreners are also correct that our political elite on the left & right, neo-con & liberal are pretty much the same, even though their platforms may say otherwise. Most here are also aware that Wall Street is a rigged game that is ruled by banks & hedge funds. Organized sports beyond the high school level are no different. It is a rigged game. Sports media commentators in the media  serve much the same function as market analysts for Wall Street do.The fact that the Broncos lost their last three games of regular season football was more of a catalyst for the Broncos beating the Steelers than any ‘divine’ intervention by God. Obviously this fact & the Vegas Line, swayed people who bet money on such events to place their bets on the Steelers. All this banter & controversy serves multiple purposes. It creates good revenue for the printed & electronic media.  Nothing sells better than a good story.

  • TomSwift

    In general, I don’t believe polls like this are accurate. If someone came up to me and said “Do you believe God helped Tebow win?” I would probably say “of course, how else did he beat the Steelers?”  I guarantee you that 90%+ of the people who said “yes”, when pressed, would argue that God has better things to do and wouldn’t bet on the Broncos just because their QB is religious.

    • Sincerely Concerned

      I think perhaps you underestimate the “religious” fervor of sports fans.  Marry actual religion (belief in God) with football and you will get some very emotional reactions.  Therefore, in the long run, you’re probably correct in implying the poll wound up skewed.

      • What are most sports stadiums today but taxpayer funded temples for people to worship quasi-deities throwing around or chasing a ball?

  • NYB

    It depends on how one defines ‘god’.

    If Tebow is winning because he backs his skills with inner motivation derived of his spirituality, then it can be said that he ‘goes with god’ (vaya con dios).

    Here we have a concept which may be too complex for the skeptics.  Blacks, whites and Hispanics probably invoke  ‘god’  in different ways,  according to what is  acceptable in their culture.

    For most whites,  discussing god is a social minefield.   The current leftist orthodoxy is that belief in the Christian ‘god’ is backward, right-wing and anti-science.  Western man is still tearing his soul apart over this, as he has been doing for the past 200 years.

    Hispanics and blacks probably feel less constrained about attributing things which are unexplainable to ‘god’.   Western angst is not their problem.

  • So… God hates the Steelers?…  Wow!… So do I!

  • Anonymous

    I find his actions to be irreverent. If he were about to wage war against a marauding army then yes, praying for the safety of himself, his comrades, and family would seem appropriate. If a tornado were bearing down on his home about to wipe him and all his loved ones off the face of the earth, then yes, praying for mercy seems quite reasonable.

    But come on, this guy is rich, famous, in good health, etc… and he makes a big public spectacle out of praying for personal glory and success on the football field? That seems downright sacrilegious. I know a lot of Christians do not see it that way, but I do and I am sure I am not the only one.

    • B

      To pray one must first believe humans have telepathic powers and are able to send silent wishes. Does anybody REALLY believe that?

      Praying also means that you think your wishes have more merit than God’s divine plan and he should listen to you and change his divine plan on your behalf. What could be
      more arrogant than that? In my opinion religion is nothing more than man’s
      worship of himself, placing himself at the center of importance in the universe.

      Mr. Tebow’s behavior is a good example of this.

  • Anonymous

    God works in mysterious ways.

  • Anonymous

    The question is misleading and I wouldn’t answer it if asked.  It implies that God, if he exits, must a)  (IF  THE ANSWER IS YES) direct all actions which would elimate free will or b) (IF NO) have no/limited sovereignty thereby not be fully omnipotent and therefore not God.

    Tebow has won/lost games like anyone else.  His devout Christian faith doesn’t mean God intervenes like “Angels in the Outfield,” as children and uneducated minorities might think.  Instead it is his comprehensive world view which shapes his outlook and actions–nothing more, nothing less.

    Ultimately, God’s sovereign will is what is accomplished.  Whether that is done by having Tim Tebow win or lose games while maintaining human free will is something that only a divine mind can answer.

    • Anonymous

      I can see you are a devout Christian. How do you respond to those individuals that claim you practice polytheism?

      After that last rant I cannot wait to hear how you explain you really (despite all facts to the contrary) believe in and only worship ONE God.

  • Anonymous

    So where was God last night in Foxboro, Mass.?  He must have been sleeping. 

  • B

    Hitler an atheist? Check your facts. Atheism was not what drove Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot etc. to do what they did, power and greed was their motive. Yet religion is
    the motivating factor for countless millions dead from holy wars to modern day
    suicide bombers.

    Believing in god absent of proof is a lot like believing in racial equality absent of any proof. It’s dogma.

  • B

    “Anyone that does not believe I can’t change their mind, just like you can’t change mine.”

    Why would you assume that, someone changed your mind and got you to beleive? I do agree though, ones opinions are rarely swayed by reason if they were adopted absent of reason in the first place.