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Apocalypse now: Poll shows 1 in 7 thinks end of world is near
Chicago Tribune ^ | 05/02/2012

Posted on 05/02/2012 6:26:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime, and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify that it will happen this year, according to a new poll.

The end of the Mayan calendar — which spans about 5,125 years — on Dec. 21 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world.

"Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, 1 in 7 thinks the end of the world is coming," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Public Affairs, which conducted the poll for Reuters.

"Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world 'ends' in our calendar year 2012," Gottfried said, adding that some Mayan scholars have disputed the interpretation.

Responses to the international poll of 16,262 people in more than 20 countries varied widely, with only 6 percent of French residents believing in an impending Armageddon in their lifetime, compared with 22 percent in Turkey and the United States and slightly less in South Africa and Argentina.

But only 7 percent in Belgium and 8 percent in Great Britain feared an end to the world during their lives.

About 1 in 10 people globally also said they were experiencing fear or anxiety about the impending end of the world in 2012. The greatest numbers were in Russia and Poland, the fewest in Great Britain.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; apocalypse; endtimes

1 posted on 05/02/2012 6:26:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

In terms of demographic breakdown (for those curious):

People with lower education or household income levels, as well as those under 35 years old, were more likely to believe in an apocalypse during their lifetime or in 2012, or have anxiety over the prospect.

(COMMENT) Interesting to note that the young ones are more pessimistic than the older folks.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 6:29:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

3 posted on 05/02/2012 6:29:32 AM PDT by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

The hand is at the end (of the arm).


4 posted on 05/02/2012 6:44:05 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: traditional1
You know, the quality of signage has certainly gone down - that's a well-lettered, detailed, well spaced, carefully made sign.


5 posted on 05/02/2012 6:44:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I had a pastor who said yhe church was warning young people not to worry about education, jobs, or any of that. any day now we would be called home. That was 100 years ago.


6 posted on 05/02/2012 6:45:17 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: SeekAndFind
The world will end.
This I know.
For Art Bell has
told me so.

I still haven't figured out the fascination with the Mayan calendar. Did the Mayans have any particular record of accurate predictions about the future? If they were batting at 1.000 so far then I might have believed they have some point. On the other hand it looks more like they just ran out of numbers in a calendar cycle for this December. Think of it as Mayan Y2K.

7 posted on 05/02/2012 6:47:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: SeekAndFind

People who think they are the center of the universe and what goes on in their tiny little lives is of universal consequence may think that the end is near because things aren’t going the way they would like, but the universe does not revolve around them and doesn’t care and is going along just like it did for billions of years before they were here and how it will go on for billions of years after they are gone.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Ubama is America's first openly gay President.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, maybe not the world but the Divided States of America is going down for sure.

And only eight percent in GB? I’m dismayed considering the malcontents they have invited to live with them.


9 posted on 05/02/2012 6:50:07 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (A Bounty on Zimmerman, Can Be A Bounty On ANYONE. No NBPP Mob Justice!)
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To: KarlInOhio

Even the Mayans don’t worry about the Mayan calendar. Last I heard, their religious leader was more worried about drought than the end of the world.


10 posted on 05/02/2012 6:55:02 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: KarlInOhio

Actually, I’ve heard the myans think 2012 is a joke. 2012 is a western invention.
As I understand it, the myans simply stopped adding to the calendar.


11 posted on 05/02/2012 6:56:08 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Seriously! This is not the end of the world. Just the end of the party. The difference is important, you don’t have to clean up after the end of the world. The next few generations will spend their lives cleaning up this mess.


12 posted on 05/02/2012 7:05:00 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The end is always near, it’s just not likely tomorrow.


13 posted on 05/02/2012 7:09:31 AM PDT by Marko413
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t believe that the world will end any time soon.

Wish I could say the same for the United States and Western Civilization, though.


14 posted on 05/02/2012 7:20:55 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: SeekAndFind

I think we all need to know what we do not need to know!


15 posted on 05/02/2012 7:29:57 AM PDT by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: KarlInOhio

“On the other hand it looks more like they just ran out of numbers”

I think they just ran out of *rock*.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 7:39:43 AM PDT by Salamander (Hey blood brother, you're one of our own. You're as sharp as a razor and as hard as a stone.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the world will be just fine.

Mankind on the other hand...


17 posted on 05/02/2012 7:57:58 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

And I feel fine.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 7:59:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: dfwgator

You get a check mark and a gold star for dropping the REM reference.


19 posted on 05/02/2012 8:38:40 AM PDT by roostercashews
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To: SeekAndFind

The future’s uncertain and the end is always near - The Doors.


20 posted on 05/02/2012 9:06:47 AM PDT by JimC214
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To: SeekAndFind

Still need to go through the tribulation and then there’s the Millenial period.


21 posted on 05/02/2012 9:24:49 AM PDT by crosshairs (Worship the Creator, not the created.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Still need to go through the tribulation and then there’s the Millennial period.


22 posted on 05/02/2012 9:25:13 AM PDT by crosshairs (Worship the Creator, not the created.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think it’s going to ‘end’. But ‘end as we know it’ - that’s very possible...


23 posted on 05/02/2012 9:26:34 AM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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