43%: God helps Tebow win
As Tim Tebow-mania rages, we wanted to know how many Americans believe Divine Intervention is at least partly responsible for the phenomenal success of the controversial Denver Broncos rookie quarterback.
Tebow is a devout Christian who prays often on the field during games.
After Tebow led the Broncos to an overtime playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh attributed the victory to divine intervention in favor of Tebow, triggering a fuss about whether God took sides in the game.
We put these two questions to Americans in our nationwide scientific survey:
1. Are you aware of the success of Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow?
2. (Among those aware of Tebow’s success) Do believe that any of Tim Tebow’s success can be attributed to Divine Intervention?
Seventy percent of respondents said they knew of Tebow’s success, 15% said they hadn’t, and 16% expressed no opinion on the question.
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.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,076 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 8, 2012. Among the 1,076 respondents to the Tebow awareness question, 756 answered yes, with only that 756 responding to the second question. The margin error for each poll question is +/- 3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for the two poll questions:
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