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Poll: 43 percent of people think Tebow’s success is due to divine intervention … including 54 percent of Republicans

Jan 12, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

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So it’s come to our attention that you’ve been taking this Tebow-divine intervention thing seriously all this time? Sigh.

Noticing a Tebowing craze that’s swept the world and the fact that the Broncos are still alive in the playoffs, the folks at the survey company Poll Position decided to find out exactly how many folks think that Tebow’s success is indeed due to the Lord’s intervention. Their findings.

Among those aware of the Tebow phenomenon, 43% said they believed divine intervention was at least partly responsible for his success. Forty-two percent disagreed, and 14% expressed no opinion.

Yep, more people (among those aware of Tebow) believe that God is influencing NFL games than don’t believe. But here are some interesting breakdowns of the survey:

The numbers fluctuate greatly with the age of the respondent. But when it’s broken down between races, 50.5 percent of African Americans said yes to divine intervention, to only 37.1 percent of Caucasians. And a whopping 81.3 percent of Hispanic respondents answered yes, God has a headset.

And among Republicans, 54.2 percent think God helps Tebow win. Among Democrats, it’s 38.2 percent.

Oh, and men are less likely (40.6 to 46.8) than women (46.4 to 37.3) to think that God has a Tebow poster on his wall.

Meanwhile an ESPN poll rated Tebow as America’s favorite athlete: the quickest a pro athlete has ever topped their survey.

Poll: 43 percent of people believe that Tim Tebow’s success is due to divine intervention [Sportress of Blogitude]

109 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. saintsfire - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Who exactly is portraying God as someone who is easily manipulated?

    It certainly isn’t Tim Tebow, expressing his thanks to God, for the opportunity to witness, for the opportunity to use his talents. Should Tim Tebow be Mute and bury his Talent in ground? Why? There are ministers and preachers on satelite, radio, cable, T.V. and the internet. The Apostle Paul preached but he also had other occupations.

    I sincerely doubt any of the people who lay the blame of starving children at God’s door donate anything towards easing that suffering.

    What is really insane is people who say there is no God but in the same breath blame him for every evil under the sun.

  2. Haruko Haruhara - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    I’ve defended Tim more than I want to, because I don’t agree with his brand of fundamentalism, yet I am deeply bothered at the intensity of the vitriol I see directed at him.

    Yet, after I read this — 43 PERCENT? Unbelievable. I’ve said for weeks his haters get more worked up about Tebow than his fans. Maybe I got it wrong.

    God doesn’t care about football. If he did, the Dallas Cowboys would go 0-16 every year.

  3. idrinkcoffeeandtea - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    So…while 30,273 children die everyday of starvation, the ridiculous (& nonexistent) GodCreature is focusing some of its time on football players and games? Nonsense! Reminder – there is zero point zero evidence for any and all religious claims. There has never been even one shred of evidence to support the magic and voodoo that spews forth from the alleged holy people! Religion is a Bronze-era invention created to describe and make sense of the world and control people. Sadly, in the modern world, there are still people who want to give credence to the ill-thinking religious gobbledygook! So…the all-loving and omnipotent god allows 30,000 + children to die horrible deaths of starvation daily while select football players seem to receive the SkyFairy’s attention and good graces? Football and God – what a nonsensical and logic-defying combination. It is embarrassing and a collossal failure of thinkin on the part of the American people who believe the religious drivel! If God did exist, which it does not, I would like to kick that dastardly GodCreature right in its alleged holy testicles!

  4. worldwidebleater - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    I think that’s the same percentage of Americans who believe dinosaur bones were put here to test our faith.

  5. Bob Seidensticker - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    God takes time out of his busy schedule of not helping starving children to help with a football game? He has weird priorities.

    Football Christianity

  6. photovisionary - Jan 19, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    are some of you nuts? delusional? unbelievable to think an all powerful, all knowing god would have the slightest interest in football or the performance of a football player. divine intervention? are you serious? where is this divine intervention with the millions of people starving on the planet? where is the divine intervention when innocent children are killed in un-necessary wars? where is the divine intervention when people are kidnapped and murdered 45 times each day in the us? i could go on and on…….