15% believe end of world coming - poll

2012-05-01 22:02

New York - Nearly 15% of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10% think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll.

The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5 125 years, on December 21, 2012 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, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global 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.

Fear or anxiety

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

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

About one 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.

Gottfried also said that 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.

"Perhaps those who are older have lived long enough to not be as concerned with what happens to their future," she explained.

Ipsos questioned people in China, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Argentina, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Great Britain, Indonesia, Germany.

  • tumisho.lekalakala - 2012-05-01 22:34

    It is definitely not coming to an end

      Sean - 2012-05-01 23:26

      Gees , only 15% ??? In South Africa more than 50% vote for the party that is going to bring South Africa to a END !!

      wesleywt - 2012-05-01 23:38

      I don't know what's more stupid. The fact that the Mayan calendar doesn't take into account leap years. Therefore their calendar is already complete. Or that Sean manage to weasel ANC hate in a completely irrelevant topic. The trend has been a overall drop in ANC support and this will continue.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 05:21

      "It is definitely not coming to an end." Right. But I just wish the idiots who keep claiming that it is would come to an end.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-02 06:47

      zaathiest the Troll is back spewing his bile. Not even worth reading further down.

      Fredster - 2012-05-02 07:13

      I have never seen, or heard of the poll. typical Yanks...

      Jannie - 2012-05-02 07:40

      I'd very much like to buy their property... ;-)

  • vaughan.greene - 2012-05-01 22:35

    I wish it was comming to an end

      Modupi Modipane - 2012-05-01 22:50

      Are you suicidal sir?

      Ben - 2012-05-02 08:36

      Somebody needs a hug {{}}

      Bones - 2012-05-02 11:44

      Ben, that looks more like a p@ssy uncle

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-05-01 22:40

    Out of that 15pc believing the story/ You will find 30 000 interpretations (Religions) of how it is going to end. Interesting that Turks and Americans are leading the poll.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:08

      Slight correction. There are 30000 interpretations of ChristInanity alone.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 05:17

      Slight correction. There are 30000 interpretations of ChristInanity alone and currently some 20 different active religions in the World. Over the centuries humans have created thousands of other religions and gods to worship which have become extinct.

  • Modupi Modipane - 2012-05-01 22:48

    Crazy, ain't no world ending...especially on my birthday!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-02 06:45

      That would be a show stopping party.

  • bhopking - 2012-05-01 22:52

    "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Mathew 24:36

      gideon.keyser - 2012-05-02 00:37

      exactly that. Thats why people should stop worrying and just live their lives

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-02 09:03

      Copy and paste alert!!! Only reacting when religion or related issues gets discussed alert!!! Have no other opinion on other issues and maybe not capable of any alert!!!! Mostly playing the man and not the statement alert!!! Same old jokes alert!!! Thus zaatheist ALERT!!!! I do not mind that you comment on religious issues, but only/mostly? and the way you do it? You, usually, not or hardly take part in other issue and that lets one wonder if you only do religion bashing or do you have any other opinion in life. It will be nice if you can. Than we than can see if you are a well balanced person or just a "religion bashing" troll. @wesleywt. Your comment on the calendar, earlier, was an interesting one. I now need to do some reading.;) Not that I bother too much with these predictions.

  • Ted - 2012-05-01 22:53

    Which world? This is a communal figment of the imagination of desperate archaeologists looking for attention and something to present to their paymasters. There is a purpose for this universe. We tend to believe too much in man-made things like calendars, clocks, mathematical calculators etc. The stupid thing is that even the watch is adjusted now and then to conform to creations unfailing time-keeping. Man's calculations are pathetic to say the least. You bring your child up daily, but you don't physically see him grow daily into a man. You just comment when you see a beard coming out and say 'that's my big boy'. Now tell me, if you keep adjusting your clocks yearly to conform to nature's impeccable time-keeping, you can't see how trees grow with your naked eye, can't see even your kids grow daily into men or women, how the heavens can you predict more than 5000 years into the future?

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 05:05

      "how the heavens can you predict more than 5000." Love to know how you go that because I would like next weeks lottery numbers. I am not sure but I think you have just proved Einstein's theory of Relativity to be nonsense. Seems to me that I should accept what Einstein said rather than your fanciful, unsupported and insane predictions.

  • Ben - 2012-05-01 23:01

    The world won't end on one day, it'll be a series of natural events aswell as human destruction and political downfall and revolution

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 05:22

      Another psychic. Pray, tell us more and when this is going to happen. Obviously you measure the future of the planet on the longevity of homo sapiens. Even if, as you say, humanity destroys itself (which it is quite capable if doing) then the planet will (failing a catastrophic cosmic event) continue to exist for billions of years thereafter

      Ben - 2012-05-03 10:56

      Are you completely retarded. It takes an exreamly ignorant and uneductated individual to think that this world is being destroyed. Global warming-natural, yes, but due to human intervention the process is faster. Chemical war, nucluer war, and drone bots ect, will be human distruction. It takes one mistake from humans and poof goes population. As einstein said: \I know not with what weopons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones\

  • tblc1 - 2012-05-01 23:04

    Lol y ar ppl anxious abt the end of the world? Do I knw wats gonna happpen 2mrro? Nope I don't hv the foggiest so y shud I wrry abt sumthn I don't hv the answer for. I liv 4 2dy bc 2mro might never cum. Can I read Gods mind? No,ther4 I leave God 2 do his thing and I live a stress free life. Nb. No human mind can predict the end only God knows amen gn8.

      Mike - 2012-05-01 23:23

      For someone living a 'stress-free life....' and not concerned about the end of the world, you're in a great hurry to get your message posted with abbreviated spelling. Were you saving time to get it posted before the world ended ? End your ignorance, get a life - learn how to spell and write in English !

      Phoenix - 2012-05-01 23:33

      'never cum'??? Seriously???

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:16

      Obviously this is the his version of tongues - it is how he communicates with his god. Wonder if he also rolls around on the floor yelling this babble.

      Ben - 2012-05-02 10:46

      tblc1.... English. Study it. You're not a 14 year old girl sms-ing het BBF...

  • Fred - 2012-05-01 23:22

    We're in the midst of the current Chromatic Cycle that commenced in 2006, and which will end in 2018. In this period, much of the ways of the old world are disintegrating to make way for new, better ways of doing things. This is the chaos we are living through.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 05:02

      "Chromatic Cycle?" Say what? Colours or music? I would love to see your evidence for this. Sounds to me like your brain has been totally addled with too much religious brainwashing. If you are really worried by you prediction then let me say, "Don't worry." Wikipedia has a short list of recent Judgement day predictions: * 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 and 1975 - Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses * 1981 Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981 * 1988 Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant. * 1989 Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years. * 1992 Korean group "ission for the Coming Days" predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture. * 1993 Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions. * 1994 Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994. '2101 Pastor idiot Harold Campling twice wrongly predicted the Rapture would happen leaving millions of Americans to look even more stupid than usual. So I predict that most of the people reading this will still be around in 2019.

      Fred - 2012-05-02 15:31

      Please point out exactly where I have said the world is coming to an end. In addition, because you don't understand something, doesn't make it untrue.

  • Ted - 2012-05-01 23:41

    This basically makes Mangaung, Malema's planned 'comeback' and the coming remission of sentences unnecessary.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:25

      Me thinks that Ted has forgotten to take his meds.

  • Michelle - 2012-05-02 00:01

    OMG will all of you stop it already - the world ended 3 times don't you see - God warned us about the false profits

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-02 00:18


      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:30

      All Gods were created on, and continue to be created and sustained on, false profits.

      Andrew - 2012-05-02 06:16

      @zaatheist- PROPHETS.

      Ben - 2012-05-02 11:06

      Have you ever herped so hard that you derped?

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-05-02 01:21

    Yarn!!! How much articles in the past have I read of people predicting the world ending that year ... let me see ! Lol in 1994-1998 - 2000 - 2004- the list is endless lol YARNNNN YARNNNN boring !!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 01:25


      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:31

      Joe, Fred, Koos, Mary, Anne, Roger.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 01:28

    Only god knows and it's all in your faith and experience with god. He will save the brave and the good. We will destroy our selves with our selfish ways. Don't worry about the things you don't have look after the things you do have. Like your family, god, and be humble

      zaatheist - 2012-05-02 04:34

      What a wonderful cheerful outlook you have on life. And what. may I ask, is the basis of your prediction? What to god believers have? Some old books of nebulous origin which tell of fantastic unbelievable and paranormal occurrences about invisible, intangible super beings. And mammon loving popes, bishops, priests, pastors, reverends and sundry other charlatans dressed in a weird assortment of attire designed to impress others with their devotion, good morals, ability to give an interpretation of the ancient texts and expertise in communicating with one of other of the thousands of different gods worshipped by humans since the dawn of recorded history. PAH!

      Gerhardus - 2012-05-02 16:27

      @zaatheist you must be good at using Google

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-02 04:58

    Do you believe thar the world will end in our lifetime?

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-02 05:38

    I used to think im part of the world,but that means they should've asked me too since it's a worldwide poll.Oh well, our country seems to be from another planet though,so u cant really blame them.

  • grantdean10 - 2012-05-02 06:04

    The world will come to and end, and The Creator of heaven and earth - God my heavenly father - knows exactly when it will happen. There are no dates mentioned in the Bible - as is the same for the birth of Jesus Christ. People that have studied the Bible have pointed out that some of the proficies in the Bible have already come to pass, but there are still a few that need to happen before He comes down and destroys the earth and rids it of sin for the last time.

      Andrew - 2012-05-02 06:20


  • a.s.s.steenekamp - 2012-05-02 06:42

    I don't believe in this because the bible states clearly not to fear when sudden changes happen, because all these signs is all signs of christ coming back to earth when HE IS READY. Also the bible says that we must trust in the LORD and we will in our hearts know when he will come back to earth. Praise our Heavenly Father for everything he is still giving us.

  • lmachete1 - 2012-05-02 07:14

    THESE Profets R da ones who want 2 end the world but r not the ones who created it!!!.yoh! they must stop BLABBERING!!! ONLY GOD KNOWS THE END coz he is da 1 who knws the begginin

      Ben - 2012-05-02 11:08

      Ladies and gentlemen!! I give you... the South African educational system!!

  • Faizie - 2012-05-02 07:19

    And the rest think the ANC will rule until Jesus return. Eish

      Moagi - 2012-05-02 22:43

      Now that u mention it, maybe this end in December refers to Mangaung?

  • Pagel - 2012-05-02 07:28

    16 262 is not a significant sample - any conclusions based on that "study" is plain silly.

  • Tee - 2012-05-02 07:37


      lovenergy - 2012-05-02 10:55

      7 thumbs down and yet no one challenges your statement. Your points are very valid and any person that doesn't think Pollution, over population or hazardous technology is a threat needs rethink the future once these factors reach dangerous proportions

  • Zion - 2012-05-02 08:16

    Statistically there is more chance of the world coming to an end than determining if god exists or not. News 24 commentators have been giving it a go now for "ages" but at the "end of the day" they still don't know.

  • Zion - 2012-05-02 08:19

    Just another moerse scam and conspiracy. Don't pay your debts or go to church.

  • haydn.burnett - 2012-05-02 08:39

    Forgive me for generalizing, but isn't it just typical of the asheist to shoot down the beliefs of others. Atheists need not reply, I couldn't care less what you have to say ...

  • Robin - 2012-05-02 08:59

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! This only shows that nearly 15% of the World's population are seriously mentally challenged.

      lovenergy - 2012-05-02 10:57

      So anyone that doesn't agree with what you think must be mentally challenged because you are all knowing? No one knows what they future will bring, you can't even predict the weather for the next 30 days yet you are so sure about the future of this planet...interesting

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-05-02 15:11

      Robin you must be mentally challenged

  • Tasneem - 2012-05-02 10:03

    What poll?nobody asked me opinion about the end of the world is......We will all have to wait and see!lol

  • Sean - 2012-05-02 10:39

    The world will end! The Earth will die! In about 6 billion years when the Sun goes out. Of course, by then the earth will be very different to now and humans will be long gone. We are but a brief chapter in the total history of the earth. We have been on earth for less than a million years and I doubt we will make another 100 000.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-02 10:44

    And 85% don't!!

  • Che - 2012-05-02 11:23

    That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane - Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn - world serves its own needs, regardless of your own needs. Feed it up a knock, speed, grunt no, strength no. Ladder structure clatter with fear of height, down height. Wire in a fire, represent the seven games in a government for hire and a combat site. Left her, wasn't coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck. Team by team reporters baffled, trump, tethered crop. Look at that low plane! Fine then. Uh oh, overflow, population, common group, but it'll do. Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed. Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right - right. You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched. It's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it. It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine. - Rapid Eye Movement

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-02 11:31

    We are invited in this world and we not taking nothing with us. So enjoy the party. Don't be selfish greedy and sinful give more love more and thanks god more.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-02 11:33

    Society has reached a cross roads, many can "feel" that something is "wrong" and I know a lot of people who are saying its time for all this to end because it has become pointless. The Mayan calender can never be used to signify the end of the world, it was never meant that way in the first place basic observation tells us that the Mayan calendar is for all intents and purposes a wheel, or more accurately a system cogs. Therefore the end of one cycle simple means that a new cycle is starting, not that the world will end. If one look at the increasing natural disasters that are occurring, one first notes the relatively small number of deaths in relation to the size of the disaster, this means that even if we were to experience massive never before seen levels of natural disaster, very few would actually die, therefor an end to mankind is highly unlikely.

      marius.dumas - 2012-05-02 12:50

      I agree, when we look down history, we see disasters as hectic as now. What we see now in tsunamis and earthquakes are nothing new and nothing worse than 1000 years ago. We only have more information about current events and are more informed on a global level. in the past events was rather isolated and little data is recorded for our use today. When we compare massive disasters we can see the scale or frequency have not necessarily increased at all, at least not in a way that we can call it a trend.

  • marius.dumas - 2012-05-02 12:43

    Before survey has any significant value one must first define what is meant by the end of the world. is it the end of Christianity, the end of humane human morals or spirit, the end of life in the way we know it (culture and social orientation), the end of homo-sapiens (human species), the end of life on earth or the end of the entire planet. The end can be spiritual or physical depending on interpretation. Only once they can clarify what the meaning is of "the end" can any of those numbers have any meaning. Do they believe it because of scientific rational thinking, religious beliefs, and popular propaganda or as a result of some mental disorder such is panic or anxiety disorder? To me it appears like a lot of neatly presented figures with absolutely no meaning.

  • Steve - 2012-05-02 12:50

    The end of the world is coming. It's just late like everything else. Used to have a T-shirt that said so. So 15% of the worlds population are confirmed Trolls.

  • storm.mangove - 2012-05-02 23:08


  • tumisho.lekalakala - 2012-05-04 21:19

    The Mayans are yet to update their calender cause we are hosting the 2013 AFCON!!!

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