A survey on American attitudes to sports - particularly with respect to violence and religion. One always has to take single surveys with a grain of salt, but some interesting results..
on the danger of football
That said, about two-thirds (65%) of Americans believe that football is generally more dangerous than other sports; roughly one-third (34%) of the public disagrees. Views about football are generally consistent across a variety of demographic, religious and political groups
At the same time, roughly three-quarters (76%) of Americans say that if they had a young son they would allow him to play football; only 22% would not allow him to play. There are no signficant differences by gender—both men and women are about equally as likely to say they would allow their son play football (78% vs. 74%)
There are important generational differences on this topic. Young adults (age 18-29) are more likely than seniors (age 65 and older) to say they would allow their son to play football (87% vs. 59%).
and the involvement of God in sports
Majorities of Americans (53%) and sports fans (56%) say that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success; more than 4-in-10 of Americans (45%) and sports fans (42%) disagree.
Roughly two-thirds of Catholics (65%) and minority Protestants (68%) say that God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success. Six-in-ten (60%) white evangelical Protestants and nearly half (49%) of white mainline Protestants also believe faithful athletes are rewarded. By contrast, only 27% of the religiously unaffiliated believe athletes with faith are rewarded, while 71% disagree.
About 1-in-4 (26%) Americans and 27% of self-described sports fans say that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. About 7-in-10 Americans (71%) and sports fans (69%) disagree.
more on subjects like players and domestic violence..
a tip of the hat to Kevin