According to a new Fox News poll, 8 in 10 American voters (Fox polled 900 of them) say they think prayers helped Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords survive being shot through the brain in a Tucson Safeway parking lot nearly two weeks ago. Giffords continues to improve, today scrolling through an iPad, attempting to speak (she’s had a tracheotomy, which may be preventing her from talking), and picking out a stuffed animal. Doctors say these efforts indicate a high level of cognitive functioning.
But is this the doing of prayer or just a remarkably strong — and lucky — person, not to mention skilled doctors? We’re not going to try to answer that because it’s not in our job description, but we’ll leave you with the results of the Fox poll to consider on your own.
Seventy-seven percent of voters believe prayers helped save Giffords, while 17 percent don’t believe that. The remaining 6 percent are unsure.
Those most likely to believe prayer saved Giffords include white Born-Again Christians (95 percent), those who regularly attend religious services (91 percent), blacks (91 percent), Republicans (84 percent), Southerners (83 percent) and women (81 percent).
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 20, 2011