Most Americans Believe God Doesn't Care About The Super Bowl -- But Does Care About Your Speeding Ticket, Polls Show

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Surveys reveal that while most Americans believe God cares about their day-to-day decisions, God does not care who wins the Super Bowl.

 A Lifeway Research poll, which was released on Feb. 3, asked 1,000 Americans, “Does God determine winners and losers in the Super Bowl?” 

Eighty-five percent of Americans asked responded with a “no,” while 11 percent said “yes.”

“The Bible says God sets up and takes down nations and rulers,” Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, said in the organization's press release. “Either Americans do not agree, or they think God focuses on political leaders rather than cultural sports icons.”

The survey also asked people if they believed God cared about the Super Bowl  --  and once again, the majority said "no."

Eight-eight of responders said "no," while only 8 percent said "yes."

The survey contrasts with a 2014 Public Religion Research Institute poll taken prior to that year’s Super Bowl, The Huffington Post reports.

“As Americans tune in to the Super Bowl this year, fully half of fans — as many as 70 million Americans — believe there may be a twelfth man on the field influencing the outcome,” Public Religion Research Institute CEO Robert Jones said in a statement, according to The Post. “Significant numbers of American sports fans believe in invoking assistance from God on behalf of their favorite team, or believe the divine may be playing out its own purpose in the game.”

Nearly half of those Americans surveyed also believed God rewarded religious athletes.

However, while the majority of Americans in 2016 don’t believe God cares about the Super Bowl, they do believe God is concerned with their personal decisions.

 A 2010 study published in the Sociology of Religion journal reveals most Americans believe God is directly involved in their day-to-day lives.

“The interesting thing is that when you press people to start talking about things like speeding tickets or losing weight, a lot of people will weave a divine narrative in, describing God as somehow setting up situations or setting up scenarios for success or failure,” Scott Schieman, professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, said, according to The New York Times.

Sources: LifeWay Research Survey, The Huffington PostThe New York Times

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