As we near the four month mark on the countdown to the proposed end of our world and civilization as we know it (as foreseen by the Mayans as taking place on December 21st, 2012), there are plenty of skeptics roaming the streets and writing in the blogosphere about it not being the end. There are a surprising amount of people out there who believe it will happen however: a new global survey has found that 1 in 10 people believes that the end of the world will occur sometime in 2012, which coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar.
The next few months will be an exciting time when weirdos, conspiracy theorists, professors, the news media and every religious sect under the sun will begin to parlay their opinions on the matter. While it may be difficult for some to believe the world is ending, one in seven citizens from around the world believe the world will come to an end during their lifetime, with the strongest believers coming from Turkey, the United States and South Africa. While the majority of people don’t buy into the Mayan prophecies regarding the coming end, one in ten believes it could still happen sometime in 2012, with the strongest believers coming from China, Turkey, and Russia.
A separate poll of Americans found that most believe the doomsday event would involve a natural disaster, and take place sometime in the next 25 years. See which disaster people believed in the most below.
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