What saved Gabrielle Giffords?

According to a new poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans attribute it to just one thing: prayer.


About 77 percent of American voters said they believed that prayer literally helped Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survive the Tucson shooting, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday.

Only 17 percent didn’t believed prayer played a role. The remaining six percent were unsure.

Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8 while at a constituent meeting outside a Tucson Safeway.

The 40-year-old congresswoman is expected to be moved to a rehabilitation center in Houston as early as Friday.

On Thursday, Giffords’ doctors said she moved her lips but they were not certain whether it was an attempt to speak. Her neurosurgeon said she was able to stand with assistance earlier this week and that it was possible she could walk in two months.

Those who believe prayer helped saved Giffords were most likely white born-again Christians (95 percent), those who regularly attend religious services (91 percent) and blacks (91 percent), the Fox News poll showed.

Eighty-four percent of Republicans agreed that prayer saved her life compared with 74 percent of Democrats.

Women were also more likely than men to attribute Giffords’ survival to prayer.

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  1. Paul Stokell says:

    It will be interesting to see how, in the long term, this may impact Congresswoman Giffords’ own staunch pro-abortion views. In time, life has a way of siding with life.

  2. Thanx for the Christian Post link, Dcn. Greg. What colorful headlines!! . . .

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  3. pagansister says:

    Her intern is credited with saving her at the scene until the emergency crews arrived. After she got to the hospital, the doctors took over and worked their magic. She isn’t out of the woods yet, and has a long road ahead of her. Her age is in her favor however. It wasn’t her time or, IMO, she would have died at the scene.

  4. We are a nation of imitators. Seeing the results of a poll gives some people a push in the direction of agreeing with the majority. Nobody knows what saved her. The question should be “What would you like to think saved her?”

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