[T]he most recent NBC/WSJ poll highlights another American institution that has lost its luster: the sports athlete.
According to the survey, only 42 percent of adults believe that athletes are good role models for children, versus 48 percent who disagree.
Why those numbers are so jaw-dropping: When another poll asked this exact same question in 1982, a whopping 75 percent of respondents said athletes are good role models, while just 19 percent said they weren’t.
According to a survey released earlier this week from the Public Religion Research Institute, 27 percent of Americans think that God plays some role in the outcome of sporting events. Minority Christians and White Evangelical protestants believe this a bit more strongly (nearly 4 in 10 do), while Catholics (29 percent), white Mainline protestants (19 percent), and the unaffiliated (12 percent) are more skeptical of that notion. Southerners are also more likely to believe that God plays favorites with sports teams.
In the latest CBS News poll, 33 percent of the American public would like to see the Packers win, while 26 percent prefer the Pittsburgh Steelers. More than 40 percent of the 1,137 adults surveyed last week don’t care or don’t have an opinion about the outcome of the game.
CBS News has asked the public its preference before 11 previous Super Bowls. Except for two instances, the public’s favorite went on to win the game.
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