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    Aug 2006

    One in Seven Thinks End of World is Coming

    I'm one of the six who aren't expecting Armageddon in the reasonably near future. What is the thinking of other IW members? Is this IT, 2012, guys and gals? The Big and Final One?

    10 percent 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.

    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 percent 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.

    (Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Patricia Reaney)

    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." ~ Ronald Reagan

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    Feb 2010
    Bryan, Texas, United States
    i dont believe it is the end of the world physically.....but, its the end of another cycle....the earth changes, and all the rest of the current events are coming together to usher in the end of the structure of our way of life, be ready, and go ahead into it all with eyes wide open instead of "eyes wide shut", we will make "contact" can thank me later for the noory fav movie references

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    Nov 2006
    Pacific Northwest
    Nope, not the end of the world, but there will be some changes with the planet. Just a cycle the old gal is going through. If the end of the world comes, it will probably be by man's hand.
    You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. ~C.S. Lewis

    Ice ages are always preceded by periods of global warming.

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    North of Midnight on Planet Wingnut
    Life on this planet is probably finite at some point. Suns die, other cataclysms occur etc.

    I'm sure it will occur at some point, however it's anyone's guess how and when IMO.

    Do unto Others as you would have them do unto you

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