Apparently Harold Camping isn’t alone.
Nearly one in seven people believe that the world will come to an end in their lifetime and one in 10 think the Mayan Calendar signifies that it could happen sometime this year, a new poll found.
IPSOS Global Public Affairs conducted the poll on behalf of Reuters and surveyed 16,262 adults in 21 countries.
Across those countries, the United States and Turkey rank the highest, with 22% believing the world will come to an end . They're followed closely behind by South Africa at 21% and Argentina, Mexico and Indonesia who all checked in at 19%.
France was the most optimistic country surveyed, with only 6% of people saying they believed the world will end .
While 90% of people surveyed said they do not believe in the Mayan predictions, 20% in China and 13% in Turkey, Russia, Mexico, South Korea and Japan believe that the world may end this year.
The Mayan calendar, which has spanned about 5,125 years, is set to end on December 21.
“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, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming,” Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs, told Reuters.
SOURCE: New York Daily News (nydailynews.com)
And here's my additional take on this: people need to calm down & stop watching so many movies. I toured an ancient Mayan city called Coba last year & an ACTUAL Mayan guide told me that people are scaring themselves for no reason. The calendar simply ends & starts a new cycle. So if so many people believe the world is going to end how come we're not seeing even more world-wide hedonistic behavior with people trying to cram in that last bit o' living before the excrement hits the fan?