New Study Finds Majority Of Americans Believe in ‘Public Calls For Prayer’

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New Study Finds Majority Of Americans Believe in ‘Public Calls For Prayer’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Following Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin’s terrifying near-death experience, a new poll has found that the majority of Americans believe in the power of prayer. 

Movieguide® previously reported:

People from around the world have gathered to pray for Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin, who went into cardiac arrest mid-game on Monday.

“Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest following a hit in our game versus the Bengals. His heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition,” the Bills tweetedshortly after midnight on January 3.

Hamlin’s family said they will share updates on the 24-year-old “as soon as we have them,” and thanked fans and medical personnel for their support.

“On behalf of our family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the love and support shown to Damar during this challenging time,” they said in the statement, which was shared by Hamlin’s friend and marketing rep Jordan Rooney. “We are deeply moved by the prayers, kind words and donations from fans around the country.”

The poll, conducted by Summit.org and McLaughlin and Associates, found 67% of American voters believe “public calls for prayer after a national tragedy are effective” and helpful.

It also found that the majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all believe that public calls for prayer are important. 

A majority of young people said that they also supported public prayer, while 77% of those over 65 years old who were surveyed said they viewed public prayer calls as effective. 

Dr. Josh Packard, the executive director of Springtide Research Institute, recently spoke about his research into the power of prayer. 

“Faith and spirituality are good for you,” Packard explained. “If you’re a person who believes in some kind of higher power and has a connection to that higher power, you’re generally flourishing more than your peers.”

He continued, “Those who pray more tend to be flourishing more in all areas, including their mental health.”

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