Half of American fans think God (or demons) affect the outcome of sports

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One of the perpetual ways to make fun of religion, at least in America, is to note that many Americans think that God takes an interest in sports. Athletes like Tim Tebow give thanks to God for their achievements and their teams’ victories, and Americans regularly pray for the success of their teams. (I doubt that this happens much in Europe, but I’m sure it’s common in South America!).

Well, now there are data showing that the belief that God (or demons) somehow affect the outcome of sporting competitions has been quantified by a survey—a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, and summarized int their report, “Half of American fans see supernatural forces at play in sports.”

This graph summarizes the data, with “average Americans” in tan, football fans are in maroon, and other fans are in olive. Now since the survey methodology reports a survey of 1,011…

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One thought on “Half of American fans think God (or demons) affect the outcome of sports

  1. Oh yeah. It is common down here in Brasil alright. After a player makes a goal, there is a waving of a Catholic symbolic hand gesture. Or someone kisses their crucifix. Meanwhile, in the horn of africa, 20K children’s hearts stop beating because of lack of nutrition and water. Religion must be confronted until it is non-extant.

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