According to a poll of 1,076 registered voters conducted on Jan. 8 by Poll Position (hey, just like the old arcade game, only spelled differently!), 756 (a sizable 43.3%) of those questioned who are aware of Tim Tebow and what he has been accomplishing believe that Divine Intervention might be in play as a means to explain the uncanny and unlikely success of the Denver Broncos quarterback.. To flesh out the results of the poll, 42% didn’t agree and 14% had no opinion. The margin error in the results is a +/- 3%.
The poll results broken down via demographic breakdowns such as race, gender, age and political affiliation can be found here in PDF form.
I’m not going to get entangled in a debate about whether or not God or Jesus or both have assumed an active role in helping Tebow excel on the field nor am I going to make any extensive commentary regarding the results of the poll, as that would be a fool’s task and would only invite unwanted trouble from angry people. I am merely passing along the results of the poll and will allow those who read this the opportunity to formulate their own opinion.
One thing I have learned while watching the Tebowmania phenomenon play out is that I have no right to pass judgment and criticize what others believe — in particular as it pertains to the Tebow backers — in the same way said Tebow backers should feel no right to pass judgment and criticize what people who hold a contrary opinion to their beliefs, but that’s another story altogether.
With that in mind, if I may make one minor comment: my overall interpretation of the results? Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick. I don’t know, it just seems that the dated reference to the Dead Milkmen classic, “Stuart,” seems fitting, even if it has nothing to do with this story. Plus it’s a great tune.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I suddenly have an urge to dig out my Atari 2600 and play some Pole Position. Sounds like fun.
[H/T Game On!]