God's pick for the Super Bowl

Public Religion Research Institute has issued a poll just in time for the big game: nearly 3-in-10 Americans say God plays a role in outcomes of sports events.

Americans are less likely to believe that God plays a role in the outcome of sporting events than they are to believe God rewards religious athletes. While only about 3-in-10 (27%) Americans, believe that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, a majority (53%) believe that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, compared to 42% who disagree.

There are substantial differences by religious affiliation on all of these questions.

Majorities of all religious groups disagree that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, but there are differences in intensity.

Roughly 4-in-10 minority Christians (40%) and white evangelical Protestants (38%) agree that God does play a role in the outcome of a sporting event, compared to less than 3-in-10 (29%) Catholics, less than 1-in-5 (19%) white mainline Protestants, and approximately 1-in-10 (12%) religiously unaffiliated Americans.

More than one-third (36%) of Americans who live in the South agree that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event, compared to nearly 3-in-10 (28%) Americans who live in the Midwest, 1-in-5 (20%) Americans who live in the Northeast, and 15% of Americans who live in the West.

Republicans (25%) are, however, equally as likely as Democrats (28%) and independents (26%) to agree that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event.

More than 7-in-10 (72%) minority Christians and two-thirds (67%) of white evangelical Protestants agree that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success, as do a majority (56%) of Catholics. White mainline Protestants are divided (49% agree, 48% disagree). More than 6-in-10 (62%) religiously unaffiliated Americans disagree, saying that God does not reward athletes who have faith with good health and success. However, more than one-third (34%) of religiously unaffiliated Americans agree that God rewards religious athletes.

See the PRRI article for the complete results of the poll, which includes "Weekend Priorities: Football vs. Church" and results on prayer before and during games.

Comments (2)

Yes, because sporting events are definitely high on God's priority list.

Although, I guess if a win or loss serves some unseen higher purpose, then perhaps I could get on board with it...maybe.

Holy Francis, Seraphic Doctor, Patron of the City by the Bay...

...intercede for safety (on-field and off), and proper prioritizing of your gifts of time, talent and treasure.

[See, I can see the Bigger Picture]

JC Fisher

...and GO NINERS! ;-)

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