43%: God helps Tebow win

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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.

What do you think?  Vote in our online companion poll and comment below.

The online companion poll in which you can vote provides unscientific results, meaning it’s a tally of participating Poll Position users, not a nationally representative sampling.

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:

Poll Position crosstabs – Tebow awareness

Poll Position crosstabs – divine intervention

You can learn more about our polling methodology here.

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5 thoughts on “43%: God helps Tebow win

  1. Just to make sure that the facts are straight, Tebow is NOT a rookie. And I would have to agree, using devine intervetion to affect the outcome fo a football game would be a very sad thing given all the other true needs in the world.

  2. Was God in control of Tim Tebow’s performance in the Bronco/Steeler game? 43% of those polled think so. Perhaps some light can be shed by the accuracy of a “pass” thrown back in the days of King David. Before he became King, David was brought to the front lines to take on a Philistine giant named Goliath, who mocked him for confronting him with five stones and a hand sling.

    Show time: David tells Goliath that he comes against him, not with the conventional armour and weaponry of the day, but “in the name of the God of Israel.” With that, David winds up and tosses a stone that, with pin-point accuracy, finds its mark deep in the center of Goliath’s forehead, killing him. (1 Sam. 17:43-50). Was it a 10 yard toss? 20 yards? 40 yards? Scripture doesn’t say. But if God orchestrated the Tebow phenomena, distance was not an issue. People can judge for themselves whether or not they think Divine radar was in control of that stone or Tebow’s pin point pass to Demaryius Thomas.

    There is a portion of a Bible verse that says, “God’s people look upon Him in awe when they see how He works through His children.” (paraphrased) Believers, even unbelievers, were awed by the stats that complemented Tebow’s favorite Bible verse, John 3:16: 10 of 21 passes completed totaling 316 yards, for a pass completion average of 31.6 yards per pass and the last quarter of the game drew a 31.6 TV rating. The game ended in a tie, 23-23 and went into OT. Denver won the coin toss and Tebow passed to Demaryius Thomas for the game winning TD. The pass was caught on Denver’s “36”yard line.
    By the way, the verse cited above comes from Isa. 29:23, which was the final score of the game and whose digits add up to “16.” In my view, the overiding statistic was that God used a man, a football game and technology to tell people how much He loves them: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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