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What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?
Xunantunich Mayan Temple in Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize
May 3rd, 2012
03:32 PM ET

What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's the end of the world as we know it - at least for one in seven people worldwide.

A new poll conducted for Reuters shows nearly 15% of people believe the world will end during their lifetime.

And 10% think the end could come as soon as this year - that's based on the end of the 5,100-year-old Mayan calendar that arrives on December 21, 2012.

Pollsters questioned more than 16,000 people in more than 20 countries. It turns out predictions of doom and gloom vary widely depending on where you live.

Only 6% of the French and 8% of the British fear Armageddon in their lifetime compared to 22% in Turkey and right here in the United States.

The Russians and the Poles were most likely to fear the end of the world as coming this year.

Experts say people under 35 and those with lower education or income are more likely to believe in an Apocalypse. Perhaps it’s because those over 35 have lived long enough not to worry about it.

Meanwhile, there have been many End of Days predictions over the years coming from the Chinese, the Egyptians, Native Americans, the Irish, etc.

But for some reason this Mayan Doomsday prediction has attracted millions, maybe even billions, of believers. Hundreds of thousands of websites have popped up devoted to the end-of-the-world fears.

However, experts - including NASA - say there's nothing to it and compare it to the Y2K scare which turned out to be much ado about nothing.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Nancy in Tennessee:
The people who are disturbed because the Mayan calendar runs out this year aren't thinking logically. Some poor Mayan calendar maker was at work making his calendars and the ruthless Spaniards invaded his abode and he had to stop. End of story, not the end of the world.

M. in Wyoming:
It's always been this way as far as I can remember. My mother-in-law and her sister used to begin any future plans with the words "if the world stands." In other places and years, people have said, "God willing and if the creek doesn't rise." It's part of our culture and I believe it has to do with the unknown and the risks involved in living.

B.:
It may seem unimportant, but maybe the other six should be prepared for what that one might do out of fear, religion, or even hate.

Nate in North Carolina:
The other six remember Y2K.

Everett in Princeton, Texas:
It means that 1 in 7 people see the forest for the trees. The human race cannot sustain itself on its current course of development. The 1 in 7 have "done the math". It’s really quite simple, statistically speaking, without a fundamental change in consciousness the human race is doomed.

Ernie in Vermont:
I’m glad it’s happening again; I missed it last time.

Carol:
The Mayans just got sick of doing calendars. The world will not end.

Paul:
It means the rest of us will be able to buy their stuff really cheap.

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  1. gg canada

    it means we had a pretty good run at it–to bad we blew it

    May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  2. Gary in San Jose, California

    It means one in seven have forfeited logical thought for blind faith.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Rich in Gainesville FL

    It means there's a sizable minority that's really stupid and/or gullible. Which means there are probably at least twice as many who are just partly stupid and/or gullible. Which explains a lot about election results.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  4. Jerry Driskell

    Hmmmm. Well it could mean that only 1 in 7 think the end is coming; or it could mean that 6 in 7 know the end is not coming. Or, it could mean that it is true that everyone has an opinion about most everything. I happen to believe that the bible is right and the end is coming; I just don't know if it is tomorrow or 500 years from now; or maybe 5,000 years from now. Anyone that claims to know needs to read the bible more.
    Jerry
    Blairsville, GA

    May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Kevin in CA

    It means that 6 in 7 have found the fountain of youth?

    May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  6. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    They are either on to something or on something.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  7. Jayne in NH

    It means 1 in 7 of us is nuts.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  8. Nate NC

    The other six remember Y2K.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Ed from California

    December 21, 2012!! I don't have to buy Christmas presents this year!! Now that's a good thing!! What does it all mean? Our jobs have collapsed, our education system has collapsed, our health care system has collapsed and more importantly, our innovations and our creative ideas have collapsed. It's all a vicious cycle of nowheresville. Mr. Boehner, "Where are the jobs"??

    May 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  10. Dave - Phx

    It means that 1in 7 people live in complete fear of everything around them and are ripe to vote Republican next election. After all, they are the party of fear.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  11. Ed from Harrisburg

    Nothing, Jack...it means nothing!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  12. Bill of New Mexico

    $ 17 trillion in debt.

    A congress and a president that don't understand budgetting 101.

    Health Care Costs skyrocketting while SS & insurance weasel out on paying.

    No jobs. No pay increases. Inflation.

    An agreement to see to Afghanistan through 2024.

    Sounds like 1 in 7 can see the future for America if not the world.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  13. It's May, Wyoming

    It's always been this way as far as I can remember. My mother-in-law and her sister used to begin any future plans with the words "if the world stands." In other places and years, people have said, "God willing and if the creek doesn't rise." It's part of our culture and sort of like "knock on wood." I believe it has to do with the unknown and the risks involved in living.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  14. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It means the rest of us will be able to buy their stuff really cheap.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  15. Ann from Charleston SC

    It means that one in seven people are not focused on today anddo not let tomorrow take care of itself. No one knows what will happen in the future, so why worry about it?

    May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  16. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Jack

    it simply means that one in seven people have read the only book of prophecy in the new testament of the Bible...the book of "Revelations". The book of Revelations addresses many many of the signs that we are seeing in today's world. This particular book in the Bible predicted these occurrences some 2000 plus years ago and many of the predictions have come to fruition.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  17. Gary H. Boyd

    You say 1 in 7 people believe the end of the world is near. That means, since there are 7 billion people on the planet, 1 billion of them need to see a shrink. No wonder I haven't been able to get an appointment with mine lately.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  18. Martha Brooks

    As P.T. Barnum said...there's one born every minute. This kind of crappola produces far-out TV shows (on the "science" channels, no less), plus sells books, t-shirts and other tchotchkes. So some folks are making $$$. Alas, they'll have to dream some new stuff 'round Xmas 2012.

    Martha, Rew, PA

    May 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  19. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It means they are living in fantasy land. The world has already ended for main street.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Bob D Iowa

    Jack, that is great then that means that only one in seven Christians believe what they are preached to about since birth and the others have been saved from the ridiculous lies of a mad man living on an island.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  21. Doug Ericson

    This is a fascinating subject because it involves pondering some of the most unanswerable mysteries mankind has been able to comprehend. To begin with, it depends on what you mean by World. Do you mean Earth or the entire Universe, whatever that is. The scientist now claim there are one septillion planets out there appproximately. Septillion comes after quadrillion, which comes after one billion. Septillion equals a million billion. A million billion planets. That in itself tells me the odds that there isn't life out there on other planets is zero. There are other civilizations out there folks, we just havn't connected yet. ( Or maybe they are already here using us as unwitting slaves). Life on Earth could end but the cause of it would be some force entering earth from the outside rather from some man made cause. It could happen tonight or a billion zillion years from now. Thats a tough one to predict. I think the universe itself is safe for an eternity as we know the term. It might as well be, we are just not equiped mentally to know right now. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  22. Pete in Georgia

    Well Jack, technically it IS coming, nobody knows just when, that's all.
    Or it might be just WISHFUL THINKING. With the state of the Earth and how totally corrupt 90% of all governments are, who can blame them ??

    May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  23. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The end to "misery." However, if we look at all the events that are occurring around the world--maybe, just maybe the end is already here-it is that we don't recognzie it!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  24. Jenna Roseville CA

    What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?

    One has to wonder if these are the same folks that thought the world was going to end in 2000?

    I live in CA and we are taught at an early age to have "bug-out" bags and be able to take care of ourselves for 72 hours until the local government can get their emergency systems into place. It wouldn't hurt for all Americans to do that. But that has nothing to do with Dec 21, 2012.

    I for one fear Republicans coming to more power than this..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    May 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  25. calaurore9

    Misery loves company? Finally evens the playing field? Mayans just got sick of doing calendars. World will not end.

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    May 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  26. Noel Sivertson Roswell NM

    The six out of seven people think the world will never end?

    May 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  27. Deb in MT

    What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?

    I have no way to answer that.

    Is 1 in 7 more than usual? Is it less than the percentage who thought the world was going to end after the Krakatoa eruption caused the year without a summer? Is it more or less than the percentage of Europeans who thought the world was going to end as the bubonic plague obliterated 1/3 of the population?

    Context, Jack. Context. They teach that in journalism 101.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  28. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    When you have people believing that Obama was not born in the United States and that being gay is a choice and they can be made straight, than I am not surprised at all that one in seven people believe the world is coming to an end in December 2012. I'm sure there is a lot of praying going on for people who have been hypocrites all their lives. Maybe that is a good thing just as long as they don't turn back into being a hypocrite after December 2012.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  29. Noel Sivertson Roswell NM

    Given the current state of the world, the eonomy, and our broken political system it reflects wishful thinking.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  30. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    It means falling stock prices in November and hoarding of food, medicine and other necessities as we get closer to the date in December when the Mayan calendar ends. And in some cases, Jack, with the way the world is going, the end of the world is actually something a lot of people are flat looking forward to!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Wishful thinking on their part as they are tired of all of the pain and suffering in the world and their lives. Then there wouldn't be a 1% and we'd all be equal.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Chandler in Rockaway, NJ

    It means nothing, Jack. One person out of seven has always believed the end of the world is coming. Somehow, it hasn't happened ... yet.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  33. Loren, Chicago

    THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING. Sorry, Chicken Little, but the end of the world is not nigh, and anyone who thinks otherwise merely has an exceedingly short frame of reference, just another reflection of today's narcissism.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  34. Phyllis G. Williams

    What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?

    (Hosea 6: 2) "After 2 days will He revive us: in the 3rd day He will raise us up,
    and we shall live in His sight.
    Day = 1000 years (2nd Peter 3: 8 etc)

    May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  35. Everett from Princeton TX

    It means that 1 in 7 people see the forest for the trees. The human race cannot sustain itself on its current course of development, and people also recognize the fact that this planet has had several mass extinctions in the past. With that knowledge the 1in 7 have "done the math". Its really quite simple, statistically speaking,without a fundamental change in consciousness the human race is doomed.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  36. David Doherty

    It means that our entire world is being run by complete morons, and run into the ground I might add. The fact that money has become so important to those in a position that could actually turn things around, they do nothing, except floor the gas, you know full steam ahead, damn the torpedo's. A lot of people believe that the Mayan calender that ends on December 12th 2012 is not a prediction but a fact that was told by a future race that mastered time travel and was simply giving humanity a heads up of whats to come.
    Dave from NH.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  37. Pat in Michigan

    It means that one in seven people have secumbed to the mind numbing onslaught of fear and hopelessness that is being pandered everyday.There is no where we can run or hide someone will fill our hearts with fear because fear is control and we are sheep being taught to fear our neighbor. divide and conquer Jack.Works every time!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Cy Gardner

    Isn't that about the same percentage of morons who watch Fox? cy from arlington, va

    May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  39. Brad, Portland, OR

    There are a lot of stupid people out there.

    And they vote.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  40. RickFromDetroit

    It probably means they are Mayan or Jewish.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  41. jimmy

    Jack, I think it means they are underwater on their home mortgage and hoping the world ends before they have to move out.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  42. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    How do you figure one in seven? One in a hundred is one percent.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Dave R

    Fatalists fall into two categories. Survivalists, such as the men in Arizona and Washington state, who arm themselves and kill their families before taking their own lives. Religious types that are fed rhetoric from an ego centric leader. Both are suseptible to paranoia. These people seem to seek our web sites or individuals willing to dole out fatalism. They actually like it.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  44. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    It is coming, isn't it? Sooner or later this old rock will get cooked by the sun, so it's just a matter of perspective.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  45. boyscout

    It may seem unimportant, but maybe the other six should be prepared for what that one might do out of fear, religion, or even hate.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  46. Ed from Texas

    It meand one in seven people are riding the short bus to crazy town.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  47. Dave in Brooklyn

    It means one in seven people will buy just about anything ... which reminds me, I've got this bridge in Brooklyn I gotta unload. Mint condition, great location, priced to sell.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  48. CW from Irondale

    I'd like to think it means they are paying attention to the way we have abused this planet and its resources - because unless we turn things around, we could literally face extinction. Unfortunately, I don't think most people are that intelligent - which means they are probably paying attention to some religious rapture nut or the Mayan calendar. Then again, maybe they are just hoping the world will end soon so we won't have to deal with politicians.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  49. Mr. D

    Apparently six out of seven people do not watch television or read the newspapers.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  50. Elisabeth

    It means they need to take off the tin foil hats.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  51. bud rupert

    Jack – I could write some mumbo jumbo about why people believe in made up stories such as: A virgin birth, man walking on water and being resurrected from the dead. But I won't.
    I'll just answer your question with a rhetorical one:..... And these people have the vote?

    May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  52. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    They are right they have the timing off by 5 billion years. But ask when they expect the RETURN they will tell you it is not for man to know the timing of The Most High. So what is a few billion to them?

    May 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  53. Thom Richer

    Jack, it means we are getting nuttier everyday. Are we all going to die? Absolutely. When we die is the end of the world? It is indeed, for those of us who will die and have died. What the "H" is the difference if the world comes to an end or if we die one at a time? No difference. Get over it and live your life peacefully, happily and realistically. Think about life...not death. One in seven? Must be Bible, Quran, and Tanakh thumpers. Remember, these are all written and interpreted by men and not any Supreme Being.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    May 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  54. curtis in philadelphia

    It means that 1 in 7 people believe that Sarah Palin will win a brokered Republican convention and beat Obama in November.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  55. TomInRochNY

    It means you should think up a way of separating fools from their money. After December 21st they won't need it anyway.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    May 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  56. Pete in Florida

    It means that ignorance and superstitous gullibility are not limited to the U.S. or to Republicans. 22% of Americans think the world is about to end. That's about the same percentage that would vote for Romney and think Sarah Palin is a genius. Hunh, I wonder if ithose are the same people!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  57. Joe Johnson from Eustis Fl

    Simply put the economy. But the covers alot jobs, gas prices,the cost of living has gone up under this president and as long as he is in office there is no hope.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  58. dissappointedvoter

    It might seem unimportant but, maybe the other sixs should prepare for what the ones might do out of fear, religion, and even hate.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  59. Mark in Houston

    It means ... one in seven accept anything they hear from those who know nothing about what they preach. And
    based on what I hear and see in my neck of the woods, I'm surprised the percentages aren't higher.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  60. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    I don't believe the doomsday hype. But if it does happen then I'm gonna party like its 1999. I'm going out in style.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  61. Daleks

    It means there is a serious failure in education. Not just education of science and natural history, but education on how to analyze information, how to comprehend large numbers (like the age of the earth) and how to think critically. It also means that religions and other superstitions - which are more simple than science and math - continue to exploit people's ignorance.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  62. Bob Kansas City, Mo.

    It means one out of seven believes everything their political leaders preach to them if they vote for an opponent......are you one too Jack?.....LOL.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  63. Daleks

    It means there is a serious failure in education. Not just education of science and natural history, but education on how to analyze information, how to comprehend large numbers (like the age of the earth) and how to think critically. It also means that religions and other superstitions - which are simpler than science and math - continue to exploit people's ignorance.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  64. Leta

    People are really getting paranoid. Jack, why don't you direct this question to Rick Santorum, I'm sure
    he'll give you the right answer.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  65. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    It means either 14% of us or 86% of us can say, "I told you so."

    May 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  66. Anthony, Syracuse, New York

    It means 1 in 7 people are a little dumb.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  67. Alan G

    It's, um, normal?? Yes Cafferty, it's normal. Given that for thousands and thousands of years this has been a common belief (that the world could end at any time), how could you call it anything other than normal?

    May 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  68. Universe Forever

    Those 10%-15% are nuts and for them end was always there but it didnt happen and will never happen...only beings die..Universe will go forever.... are those all republicans?

    May 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  69. Foster

    What does it mean? It means that critical thinking has taken a 1 in 7 hit worldwide.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  70. jas65

    It means we really, really need to improve our education system.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  71. montag

    It means that people have been reading too much dystopian fiction.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  72. Paul in NC

    It means essentially nothing. You said uneducated people were more likely to believe this. You failed to mention religious zealots but I'd wager they make up a significant portion of the believers as well. Those two groups alone probably make up 14 of your 15 percent. Humans have probalbly pondered this issue since they first walked upright. So far they have been wrong. And even if the end is coming next week, guess what? There isn't a damn thing anyone can do about it.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  73. Sylvia in San Diego

    It means that things are so bad that people are actually hoping that the end is near and they will be put out of their misery. If I were one of them, I would hedge my bets and vote for Romney just in case. Another 4 years of Obama will definitely be the "end of America as a super power".....

    May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  74. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    It means nothing, since people have been thinking this forever. It comes from a rescue fantasy. In reality, according to Elaine Pagels, the Book of Revelation was not written for the end of the world, but to attack Pauline Christianity that did not require adherance to Mosaic Law. The side that thought God would come to sort it all out lost, by the way. Modern day doomsdayers will likewise fade away into irrelevancy. God works through individuals, not through cataclysmic events.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  75. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    Also, a lot of the doomsdayers are Tea Partiers who are dying soon anyway. Younger people are less susceptible to this fantasy.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  76. mh

    My cute kittie calendar shows no dates after Dec 31. I conclude that either the world ends on midnight that day or
    all the kitties return to the mothership.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  77. Mike in Pekin

    Jack,

    It means that people are losing faith in the institutions of civilized society around them, and with good reason. Our governments all seem bent on diving headlong into insolvency, while we punich people for their successess, and reward others for their failures or lack of initiative. Every civilization reaches a point where work ethics and personal responsibility erode to a point that the society is no longer sustainable. Exactly where we are in that bell curve is anyone's guess, but many are feeling the proximity to that apex, and it causes concern. As we crest the peak, the decline will accellerate before beginning to level off, and the turmoil that results will seem like the end of the world to many.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  78. Joe

    I think it shows that we, as humans, haven't really come that far from apes.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  79. Jim McCallan

    1 in 7? That explains the run on cardboard and markers... "The end is near..."

    May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  80. Leslie - from Washington state

    It means the World is so messed up that people are thinking its got to be the end!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  81. Elizabeth

    You can put their fear at ease Jack. The God of the bible says that the earth will remain forever. The destruction will be a way of life not the planet. Just like how ancient empires fell and others rose up. What goes up must come down. Now which empire rules the world at the moment?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  82. Johnny

    Those who believe in the Bible believe that the world will someday come to an end. When that will happen is up for debate, depending on how you read "the signs of the times." 2 Peter 3:10 puts it well: "But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment." Plus if you add the number of people who believe in the supposed Mayan prophesy, it is not surprising that as many as 22% of Americans believe the end of the world is coming. The question is not "if" it is "when."

    May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  83. tim

    it means that one in seven are void of any sort of rational thought

    May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  84. Bill S., Jacksonville, VT.

    Jack, it means crazy people are "begatting" more children than sane people.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  85. Jerrold

    Well at least my parents get one more anniversary (#53) it is on December 20th.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  86. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The world will end in their life time. That is called death. It happens to all of us once in our lifetime and when that time does comes our world as we know it is over. I wouldn't say that this is anything note worthy or earth shattering. You can step off a curb tomorrow and be killed. It does not take Nostradamus to point that kernel of truth out to us.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  87. Cathy

    One in seven??!! From what I have read/heard there were many Mayan books and calendars that were destroyed, thus my belief is that we are missing much of the picture. I'm not inclined to think the world will end this December. But I do know that it makes for newsworthy stuff!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  88. Willy in Las Vegas

    it means the New York Rangers will WIN the Stanley Cup this season. that is tthe final sign of The Apocalypse!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  89. JT from Columbia, SC

    I think it means that 2400 people are pretty pessimistic :)

    I somehow think that the vast majority of the non-Western world hasn't the slightest clue what a Mayan calendar is, let alone who the Mayans even were.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  90. Nate

    Doesn't that correspond nicely with the 1 in 7 on food stamps figure?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  91. Stephen

    "Experts say people under 35 and those with lower education or income are more likely to believe in an Apocalypse."

    um, I'm willing to bet that there are plenty of people spanning all age groups that believe in an Apocalypse (whether in a religious sense or simply natural) and in fact, I'm guessing that it's an overwhelming majority...your comment implies that those who do believe in an Apocalypse are ignorant or uneducated fools and I do not think that is a fair implication to make as there are plenty of highly intelligent individuals in the world who believe in an Apocalypse (not necessarily that it will happen any time soon, but that it will happen eventually)

    May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  92. Jim

    It means Obama is president.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  93. swschrad

    to me it means they saw the Engelbart cartoon, one Mayan saying, to the other, "There won't be a 2013 because a man named Dick Clark will die in 2012, and he'll take New Year's with him."

    –Mounds View, MN

    May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Charles

    That means that 22% of the country (Tea Party Patriots) really, really took the Obama election really hard.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Boo

    It means we have alot of stupid people in this world.....what scares me is that alot of them vote.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Jack Skellington

    Just means it is time for a new calendar. We should use one with pictures of cheerleaders on it this time.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  97. swschrad

    To me, it means they saw the Engelbart cartoon, one Mayan saying to the other, "There won't be a 2013 because a man named Dick Clark will die in 2012, and he'll take New Years with him."

    May 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  98. Greg

    I believe it means roughly 14% of the people think the end of the world is coming.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  99. jay zee

    i live in holiday florida, i think the world will come to an end sooner if republicans have their way. they are intent on destroying america and polluting our environment. they need to go and we will survive.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  100. Steve Swaltek

    The future's uncertain, and the end is always near (The Doors)

    May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  101. Jim in Illinois

    The way things are going in the world, maybe it's just wishful thinking.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  102. Marin County

    The end of my world will come in my lifetime, duh.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  103. Fred from Greensboro, NC

    Maybe 1 in 7 WILL die. The end times are slightly ambiguous.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  104. Syd

    It means six in seven are somewhat rational. There may be hope for us yet!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Drew

    It means that six in seven people don't.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  106. H.R

    I've been hearing this for 60 years. I was always told that the world was made to last a thousand but not thousands of years. Is this scare tactics? The best thing is to know the Lord, be saved and help people that are unable to help themselves etc. All of this crap about the Republicans being Christians is baloney. I've seen many true Christians and they would never do unto people like the Republicans are. You should not take food, & houseing away from the needy in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy. That is not a Christian.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  107. Drew - New York, NY

    It means too many people believe what they hear or read, and not enough people have been taught to question the facts to uncover the truth. 25% of Americans? Really??? I'd love to see a state topology of that data.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  108. markishere

    The earth will be around for millions of years.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  109. Brian

    It means one in 7 people are complete morons.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  110. Nancy, Tennessee

    The people who are disturbed because the Mayan calendar runs out this year aren't thinking logically. Some poor Mayan calendar maker was at work making his calendars and the ruthless Spaniards invaded his abode and he had to stop. End of story not the end of the world.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  111. JOAN SCHINKEL

    Why not? There is no room for countries to deny the fact that UFO's exist, and ET have been and are here now. People are afraid to say it, I've seen a flying saucer it was frightening, but never the less believe it, I saw it and they are sure as hell the ones who built the paramids, believe it or be surprised when it happens, it may not also, but it was written centuries ago.
    Also in the bible is says that there is a chance for it not to happen if the world peace comes, and if people stop being obsessed by sin.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  112. Amanda Maxwell

    Why is it the Mayans could predict the end of time, but could not predict their own demise?
    (Common sense answer: the date on which their calendar ends, was the day they were working on when they disappeared!)

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  113. John from Oregon

    It means that the other six are 'critical thinkers'. I'm kind of surprised that the number is not higher given the garbage being thrown around disguised as journalism. Opinions and conjecture have become the norm...facts be damned (too boring for the audience).

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  114. R Burns

    Too many worldwide predictions, formed in various eras, point to some upheaval at this time in history. There has to be something to it, but it doesn't seem to be the actual end of the world. A great geological or other upheaval, resulting in necessary changes to society seems more likely. As always, whether for a world changing event or a local disaster, it's always important to be prepared with emergency supplies and plans. Some people carry this so far as to have changed their entire lifestyles to be "off the grid". Maybe they're the smart ones! I'm planning to have 6 mos to 1 year survival plans in place by the end of summer, and beyond that I might be able to survive by scavenging locally or growing what I need if it comes to that – but I'm not wandering from my rural locality unless required to evacuate by local officials. Come what may, nobody can be called stupid or delusional for preparing for 'whatever" when we see disasters taking place on a daily basis. As far as being prepared spiritually, that's a wise thing also, if only to reduce the stress of living in a fast-paced society or calming thoughts of the end of the world. We all have a beginning and an end to earthly life, whether that takes place en masse or alone. It still happens!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We'll need to wit until the 2012 election results are in. Those numbers could change to 0 out of 7 or 7 out of 7 of those who believe the world is coming to an end, then we'll have our answer.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Bob

    What does it mean? It means people need to get a job and do something else with their time than worring about the end of the world.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  117. Joe Doaks

    Well, it's not too surprising, considering one in seven people have an IQ of 85 or less...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Josh, Tacoma, WA

    Now the R.E.M. song is stuck in my head...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  119. Lee

    It means that the human species has evolved past it's intellectual peak, and that natural selection is now taking us in another direction.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  120. ja

    that's been the stat since the begining, we just have better modes of counting, and sharing thought

    May 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  121. Conner

    What about those who HOPE the world ends because they are sick and tired of humanity as a whole?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  122. Corey

    That's like saying in a thousand years someone finds our calendar and thinks the world will end on December 31st. When you think of it in those terms it seems quit silly some people think the world will end when the end of the Mayan long calendar ends.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  123. Cres from Florida

    Like a lot of thngs these days, it comes under the category of what P.T. Barnum recognized years and year
    ago. There's a sucker born every minute. Some people will believe almost anything.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  124. David Tyson

    Such fears are an accurate indicator of overall anxiety and doubt within society. The fact that the economy continues to negatively affect people's lives and the constant stream of terrible news stories and images from around the world creates unrest amongst the people. Apocalyptic traditions reveal more about what scares people now than what scares them in the future.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  125. Vad

    I heard someone say that the Mayans did not account for leap year in their calander and that being the case 12-21-12 would have already happened a few years ago without the extra added day every four years. One extra day every four years over the course of 5,100 years equals 1,275 days or almost 3.5 years. Do any of the smart people who post on these boards know if that is true or not?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  126. Gigi Oregon

    It means to me they don't have enough to do and need a hobby working outside and getting some fresh air.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  127. Bob in Texas

    It means 15% of the worlds population (22% of Americans) are goofy, gullible fools. Read Revelations, there own Bible tells them "nobody knows" when the end days will come. We've seen this before, many times in history the end times have been predicted and one fifth of the population always ends up looking stupid. Odds are, that will be the case this time.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  128. Rm.Davis

    No one know exactly when the end will come not even the Son of the true God,how ever there are signs that are found in the bible at Matthew 24:14 that will let one know that we are living in the last days,such as earthquakes,food shortages,wars,famine,pestilences etc.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  129. BOB FROM PHOENIX

    It means it really doesn't matter who wins the election in November.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  130. Tom

    It means 1 in 7 people should be wearing helmets.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  131. Roy in SC

    Times are not the best these days. I think this poll is more a reflection of the mood of people in general. I know I'm certainly not as up beat about the future as I once was. I'm more worried about the future of the US for the sake of my kids and grand kids than I am about the end of the world. Our financial situation is a ticking time bomb. That is what we all need to be prepared for vs armaggedon.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  132. agstrange

    At least we won't have to hear from Jack Cafferty after December 21, 2012. That's a good thing, right?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  133. Rick

    The end arrived when Obama was elected president

    May 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  134. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Probably similar to the number of people who believe in astrology. And then there are the majority of us who believe in a god of some sort. So why is it so surprising that there are people that believe the world is coming to an end?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  135. Brian in the Alamo City

    It's a fad. The Mayan 2012 thing was going on in 1996 by a guy named Terence McKenna, who claimed to have spoken with aliens after ingesting the hallucinogen DMT. I saw him speak at an event (with rave/electronic music) at the cathedral of St John the Divine in New York. His prediction was that humanity would achieve greater understanding. Good times...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  136. Cy Gardner

    It probably means that Romney's speech writers are working on attacking the President for being anti-Christian because he doesn't have a strong pro-Rapture record and criticizing the President for his weak anti-apocolypse policies. cy from arlington, va

    May 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  137. Eric.

    The Mayan calendar did not account for leap year…. so technically the world should have ended 7 months ago. There have been about 514 Leap Years since Caesar created it in 45BC. Without the extra day every 4 years, today would be July 28, 2013.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  138. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    It means wishful thinking, Jack, just wishful thinking.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  139. Mike in Dallas

    Even if you believed in that date, consider the meaning of the words. Revelation (as in Book of Revelation) means to have something (knowledge) revealed to you. 'Apocalypse' is literally the Greek word for 'reveal' or 'discover' and has nothing whatsoever to do with anything 'ending'. Perhaps we will discover something great on 12/21/12 - the beginning of a new golden age. I'm kind of excited about it actually.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  140. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    It could mean one of two things, Jack. Either 6 out of 7 are wrong, or "No Child Left Behind" has been a resounding success. Take your pick.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  141. Kathleen in Maryland

    It means that too many people have too much access to too much information that is too stupid for words.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  142. Jerry

    II am wondering how this question / questions were asked as it seems several things were lumped together:

    A person who believes the end is coming may WANT the end to come and not be in fear.

    Or a person may believe the end could come this year – while at the same time think that the Mayan calendar thing has nothing to do with it.

    Also – in their lifetime is probably not the same as saying – THIS year. SHOW US THE POLL

    May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  143. Art J.

    It means we are only a few months closer to see if money-hungry, self-loathing conservatives will really go to hell, or continue milking this country and its poor out of a right to survive.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  144. Rm.Davis

    It's amazing how people are dismissing the end of this world or system of things, the word Armageddon is use so loosly and people have no idea that it is a figurative war that wll be fought world wide by the true God against all of those who are against him and nothing and no one will be able to stop it.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  145. Tom

    It means Doomsday Preppers is going to be another HIT for Nat Geo!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  146. James Shanks

    See, the problem with this......the Mayan calendar ends on what our calendar currently lists as Dec 21, 2012 but the calendar was changed around 45 BC by Julias Ceasar and again in the mid 1500's by Pope Gregory 13th. With these changes taken into consideration, the end of the world by the *original* Mayan calendar has already come and gone, and yet here we are.

    On a more humorous note....maybe they ran out of stone? or maybe they felt that 5,100 years of calendar making was enough lol

    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  147. Mopery

    Our end will come by our own devices, namely thermonuclear weapons. When it will happen I don't know, but I doubt we're far from a nuclear war. The Russians, just today, threatened pre-emptive strikes against our ballistic missile defenses in Easter Europe.

    Most people believe that the Cold War is over, and that nuclear war can not happen now. These people are fools. We've never stood down, and neither have the Russians. We are still 45 minutes away from annihilation, all it takes is a triggering event and we will make the human race extinct.

    For those survivalist nutcases who think they stand a chance of surviving a nuclear war, I'd advise you to ask an inorganic chemist about Strontium-90.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  148. asdf

    Throughout human history there have been those that thought the end was going to happen in their lifetimes. Who knows why they think it – Anxiety, narcissism, or in the case of Mayan calendar people – abject stupidity. Yes, the Mayans were such geniuses to predict the end of the earth...after failing to predict their own end hundreds of years previous.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  149. Respect

    In related news, 1 in 7 people are willing to buy that bridge you have to sell.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  150. Timothy of New York

    It's these cognitively hyper-labile subsections of the population with a strong misological tendency and an addiction-level need toward validation as opposed to any rational empiricism that can be CONSISTENTLY counted upon to flock to these ideologies - look at the Birthers, Truthers, It's easy to find them by asking "what level of evidence would be sufficient to change your mind" and watch the moving-the-goal-post method in action.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  151. bfpiercelk

    It means that people have lost hope in our governments, religious institutions and society in general. Can you blame them?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  152. Pat Fayetteville

    I think it means that those 1 in 7 people are still waiting for a change, a promised change that will bring peace, love and hope to the world., and end all of this nonsense that we live with on a daily basis. Bring it.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  153. RM

    "But for some reason this Mayan Doomsday prediction has attracted millions, maybe even billions, of believers. Hundreds of thousands of websites have popped up devoted to the end-of-the-world fears."...

    Some reason? It's called the internet. Welcome to it.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  154. Kim

    It means 1 in 7 people are depressed, tired of living, and think the world sucks. Perhaps due to the economy, being overloaded with debt, world-wide poverty, always feeling like your best isn't good enough, and/or the mean-spirit of other people. Some people believe human life doesn't deserve to continue because of the way we treat one another. It doesn't help when you're always hearing stories of children being molested, beaten to death, bullied to death, murder-suicides, and all the other heinous acts we hear about. Sometime I wander when will the madness end! I don't wish for the world to end but for people to wake up and rise to a higher level of consciousness and living but if that is something we cannot attain than life must cease to exist in order for mass pain and suffering to cease. Otherwise, why the hell are we here?!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  155. Matt in Poynette WI

    I think the Mayan calendar is what you want to make of it. But to me, it can't mean much as they forgot to predict their own extinction.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  156. Mike Steinlicht

    I think it means that a lot of folks are just afraid for the future and thanks to Hollywood, reasonability and common sense no longer apply . Are you one of the seven?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  157. Elmo

    Who cares? They may be right. They may be wrong. I couldn't care less. It's Miller Time.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  158. Kent from Texas

    It means that they need to get a life. Get busy living.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  159. kenny

    religious, young, stupid, poor people think the world will end in their lifetimes... where could they possible get that from... oh yeah... religion...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  160. Focalist

    It means that maybe the insects should get a shot at it or maybe the reptiles again, the whole Monkey thing was a huge mistake.

    Only us monkeys go to such lengths to harm ourselves and other monkeys.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  161. bob

    Play the song- its not the end of the world, but the end of the world AS WE KNOW IT.
    The "end" of the Mayan calendar is the beginning of the next cycle.
    What happens next is the real question.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  162. Charlton Heston's ghost

    It means 1 in 7 people are STUPID.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  163. The Master

    "What does it mean when one in seven people think the end of the world is coming?" It means 1 in 7 are IDIOTS but, I think the number would MUCH higher!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  164. end3r

    Here's some literals for you all. The world cannot end in your lifetime. As soon as the world ends, you're dead. Perhaps they can coincide with one another but you cannot watch the world end and still be alive. Secondly, this is very much true and always has been, your world ends the moment you die. Unless you're immortal, which I doubt anyone here is since I've never met one. At some point life, we all die. No need for crazy conspiracies and prophecy to determine of the easily explainable...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  165. Tex71

    If only 1 in 7 believes the world will end within their own lifetimes, it is a good sign that ignorance is slowly but surely losing ground. It used to be a lot more than 1 in 7!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  166. Wayne

    Where can I meet this 1/7? I'd like to take their homes and properties off their hands since they won't be needing them when their end of days comes. ;-) Silly people.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  167. Jeff

    It means 1 in 7 people apparently don't learn anything from their own life experience. The sun has risen everyday, for everyone, and the world has continued to exist. That doesn't logically mean that it must continue to do so– but it makes it awfully darned likely!
    Actually, this is scary. Do these same people also think friction might stop existing in five minutes? Or that gravity might suddenly stop operating?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  168. Hank and Friday

    It means you have run out of interesting questions.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  169. Lisa fronm Long Island

    one in seven people are noticing.. We lose Dick Clark on the year we won't be making it to New Year's Eve?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  170. Gail, Plano TX.

    It's very simple, Jack. It means that one in seven people in the world is crazy!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  171. Jack - Phoenix,AZ

    It indicates that people are worried about their government. The trust is gone and makes people think they may be on their own.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  172. Max Brooks from Florida

    It tells us that 6 out of 7 people are too stupid to realize that everything in our universe is going to end at some point. Don't misunderstand Jack. I think that the 1 in 7 people who 'know' that the world is going to end in 2012 are even dumber because there is no credible scientific evidence to suggest such a thing.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  173. Quibble

    The Y2K scare – that data processing systems would malfunction due to flawed software design – was a non-event because we took appropriate action ahead of time to prevent the problems. It was actually quite a big event. It had few consequences because we saw it coming and took corrective action.

    Any "Y2K scare" that the world was going to end because the year had three zeroes in it was a genuine non-event. There was no way to prevent it anyway, and it turned out that after a year with three zeroes in it, we get a year that ends in a one.

    Likewise, the Mayan calendar end-of-the-world will be a non-event. There is no way to prevent it, so we can just go to bed and wake up the next day to see that the world has not ended.

    Wearing a tin-foil hat won't hurt.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  174. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I hope that at least one of these fools sends his or her money to ME before Dec. 21. Ha, ha, ha! Idiots.
    Denver, CO

    May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  175. cbr

    The remaining 6 out of 7 people will go on with their day. This is a bogus poll.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  176. ChristoInferno

    The Mayans couldn't see their OWN demise coming. You'll forgive me if I don't put much stock in their prediction for the rest of us.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  177. Focalist

    Darwin was an optimist. He also got credit for his teacher's work. Read Malthus... We are such egotistical little beings, it'd be comedic if it weren't so dangerous to have so many dangerously foolish "people" in the mix...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  178. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,it means there are a lot of really stupid people in the world,which means the President will be re-elected!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  179. Jennifer H.

    It means 1 in 7 will be disappointed.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  180. Tom

    It means they think the Republicans are going to win the election

    May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  181. Brickell Princess

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    May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  182. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    I also agree with the person who said that it means that there are many stupid, ignorant people out there. It must be very depressing to be such a mental slave to superstition. (I include religion in that category.)
    Denver, CO

    May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  183. greg kerr

    Writng from Conyers Georgia. Assuming the poll is correct, I would say those numbers reflect the percentages of people who are either not happy with this world or the direction they feel it is headed. I'm of the Christian Faith, and I know a lot of Christians feel the end is near. This despite Jesus telling us that no man is privy to God's timetable and that our job is to just get on with life in a Christian manner. Humans also have a short attention span and predictions of the worlds end usually have it happening in a year or two. People who believe those predicitions often run around crying that the sky is falling. Worse still, they follow some end-time prophet....a prophet who Jesus already told us is false. No one follows any prophet who predicts the world will end at 5.00pm on a tuesday in May in the year 3842 a.d. I am one of those who would like to see all people go to heaven, so I hope we have plenty of time in order for that to happen.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  184. Astra Navigo

    Offhand, I'd say it means that too many people have watched too many movies, too many TV shows, read too much conspiracy-theory nonsense, and engaged in far too much religion....

    May 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  185. Cedar Rapids

    It means there are a lot of nutters around, but I would like to point out that Y2K was such a non-event due to the hard work put in by computer professionals around the world that upgraded, patched and rewrote their arses off to make sure everything went smoothly. Always annoys me when I hear people moan about Y2K when we worked damn hard behind the scenes only to have those in front go 'well that was a fuss over nothing wasnt it?'

    May 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  186. RadarTheKat

    I'm promising everyone on my Christmas list that I'll personally save the world, so I'm pretty much covered either way. And one lucky person on my list will get a bonus Kindle Fire (I'll regift the one I got last year that's still unopened).

    May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  187. Craig

    "The world ending" has several different meanings depending who you ask. A religious person usually thinks of it in the biblical sense as many religions talk of such a scenario. Some albiet far fewer may believe in the 2012 nonsense. Most of the people more firmly planted in reality are making their own predictions based on a little history and common sense. Those people don't necessarily mean the end of the world completely, just as we know it now. There is a lot of conflict and turmoil in the world with a lot of nuclear weapons and other weapons nearly as devastating. It's easy to imagine a scenario where a world leader loses his mind and starts a chain reaction of events leading to a real world war. Scientists and govt's that don't know when to quit engineering air born super flus that have @50% mortality rates. Food and water shortages due to pollution, overuse, and environmental conditions which can be seen now. At the very least the US will probably fall as a nation in some sense. History shows that the greatest powers always fall. The US will be no exception in this. That will probably happen in my lifetime. And when large things fall they fall hard. So the question is....who will we take out with us when we fall....because we probably won't go quietly.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  188. John Peters

    I know one thing... My end will come at the end of my lifetime!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  189. Mark from New Jersey

    That's even more than would vote for Rick Santorum for anything.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  190. Edward Henderson

    Scientists say that the earth will be destroyed when our sun becomes a red giant several billion years in the future.What persons believe is that the world as we know it will end in their lifetimes. Between Yellowstone blowing up in the next 100,000 years and the red giant phase of our sun are several other "end of the world" possibilities such as a GRB aimed at the earth, a near-by supernova blowing off our atmosphere, a black hole coming into our solar system, or nuclear war. By far the highest probability is we nuc ourselves to death......

    May 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  191. David, on Earth

    I don't know Jack, but a true 'scientist' must admit that they are not omniscient, and that Science has many unexplained mysteries left to unravel. It would not surprise me at all if science was unable to predict the end of the world IF it happened.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  192. denim

    It means there's a lot of stupid people in the world. If they like, they can send me their money for safe keeping. I'll give them a receipt signed with an X.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  193. JB, Soldotna, AK

    It means that they have listened to Hollywood instead of knowing exactly what the Mayan's and 89+ other ancient societies were saying was to come. It's not the End of the World, but the End of the Age, or dispensation of Time. This End of the Age is going to usher in major world wide distructions leading to 2/3 rds of ALL life on earth being destroyed before a New Era or Age of time is to start. Jesus' followers asked him what would be the signs of the End of the Age leading to his return. It's something that mankind has delt with for centuries. Not the End of the World YET.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  194. Andy in Clearwater, Florida

    It means nothing, Jack. What do they want; my sympathy? My money? And for what? So I won't call them paranoid freaks when the world doesn't end – again?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  195. Doomsday Profit

    Which other specific Doomsday prophecies (aside from Y2K) are you referring to in this article? 2012 is not just a Mayan prophecy but also accepted by Native Americans (Hopi) and Chinese (I Ching). Yes it was the work of Terence McKenna that connected these dots but nobody has been able to dispute it categorically. Please do us all a favor (CNN in general) and get more specific when spouting off "facts" in your articles.

    I don't know what will happen on December 21st (and am very skeptical of anybody saying that they do, and/or saying absolutely that nothing will). One thing is for sure, History Channel will have a lot less content to air after that date. In all seriousness though, by the looks of the direction humanity is headed it might be the best thing for this planet to get rid of us all and begin the rebuilding process...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  196. Mr. Bill

    Oh nooooooo. It's the Obama Lips. When he speaks the end is surely near.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  197. Billy

    Do I believe the end of time is coming? Yes I do. But when that time is no body knows not even Jesus him self. So that rules out all other predictions of the end of the world by anyone else. Only God knows when that time will be. I do believe the end is near because the fact that sin is abounding more and more and that is the reason he is soon to come. He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  198. Ed S.

    The end of the world is to be preceded by the arrival of the anti- Christ who according to extreme right wing Republicans now resides in the Whitehouse.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  199. Not Surprising

    It means they did not do the survey at the Driver's License office. 6 out of 7 there believe the world will end soon – and if you stay there long enough you will be one of the 6.
    Bill
    Folly Beach, SC

    May 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  200. Justin S. from Little Rock

    It's hard to fathom that so many people believe in the over one thousand year old prophecy of a culture that couldn't see the conquistadores coming. They knew the exact day that the world was coming to an end but they didn't have the foresight to save themselves from a more present danger.

    Just sayin'... I won't be too worried about it in the meantime.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  201. Ron Hall Arkansas

    I hope is just the end of a Congress of liberal and conservative extremes. I am ready for government by moderates, but can't find one to vote for in the presidential election.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  202. The Truth Is Too Frightening For You

    Most of you are unaware of real dangers because you're so enormously self involved you lack the capacity to see anything else. Most of you are completely unaware, for example, that Fukushima is currently the most important threat facing humanity right now. There are over 1500 fuel rods in building 4 alone, and nearby another 6 thousand in the nearest pool. There is enough material tottering on the brink of collapse at this facility to contaminate the northern hemisphere of the planet. Japan has a contingency plan to evacuate Tokyo, with a metro area population of 35 million. And yet, you people think everything is fine. One good earthquake will crack containment in a building thats already been blown out and once the party starts, there's nothing and no one in the world that can get close enough to the site to work at fixing it. Thousands of nuclear fuel rods will burn, sending among other things plutonium into the atmosphere to fall where it may. Japan will be desolated, the west coast of the US will be heavily contaminated, and the entire northern hemisphere will be a radioactive zone.
    The world doesn't have to end to affect you....it just has to end as you know it.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  203. Bryan Mielke

    It explains why so mamy people believe the GOP rhetoric about not attacking women, disenfranchising voters, attcking civil liberties and giving our great country to the 1%. It means there are a lot of gullible people. I do have some property in Detroit I could sell them.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  204. Vicki in Florida

    It means the baddies in the world will make it a self-fulfilling prophecy, if they can.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  205. Jason K

    It doesn't take a genius to realize that if we keep doing things they way we are that things may come to an end for us humans. It doesn't really have to do with Aztec/Mayan prophesy, it has to do with that fact that there isn't a single government in the world today that knows how to handle its finances! The ENTIRE WORLD is bankrupt! Historically, war comes next.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  206. some chick-Portland

    It means Y-2k'rs need to use up their food supply that they didnt need when the world didnt end
    back in 2000.
    Greedys will be on the prowl , selling survival junk, Fear breeds madness.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  207. In-der-pendant

    Hey Jack- They've been predicting the end of the world for thousands of years now. The end of the world comes to each one of us when we die. Whether humanity is obliterated all in one swoop or a little at a time nobody really knows, but predictions and speculation sell lots o books. The funny thing is that if this happens suddenly there will not be anyone left to read about it afterwards.... so why worry?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  208. Sock-Ra-Tease

    When the snake oil consists entirely of non-existent characters and locations, threatening the end of all that does, in fact, exist makes the non-existent seem more real, Jack. Besides, there is a long tradition of trying to convince followers that the end is imminent beginning with Jesus who famously prophesied that he would return before the generation in which he lived had died. Didn't happen!

    This sort of religious goofiness won't end until the creeps stop manipulating the credulous. Fat chance!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  209. irunner

    12/21/12 simply means I'll 4 more shopping days left.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  210. Renee, Illinois

    I think it's more of a statement about the shape our world is in. Think about it; from the Mayan and Hopi prophecies to the book of Revelation in the bible, they all talk about the 'end times' as a period of unrest. Earthquakes around the world, famine, wars, large die-offs of animal species are all supposed to signal that the end is near. Granted these things happen throughout human history but now we live in an age where news of these events is instantly broadcast around the world. And, let's face it, no bad news means the media is having a bad day. It's hardly surprising that some people take a look at the news and think – this planet sucks, it matches all the descriptions in all the prophecies, must be the end times. The fact that every generation has had it's doomsayers is usually lost on them.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  211. Mark, NY

    That ratio will rise if obama wins re-election.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  212. marybeth, massachusetts

    Were these the people who were too drunk, stoned, or young 13 years ago to join those who feared that the world would end at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1999?

    There has always been the "world is coming to an end", and there's always more believers and popularity in this belief at the turn of the millenium and turns of the century, so this is nothing new.

    Who are these people? Are they the same ones who don't believe that President Obama was born in the U.S. (by the way, Hawaii became a state in 1959 and President Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, so yes, he's a US citizen)? Are they the same ones who believe that the Holocaust is a myth? Are they the same ones who think the earth is flat? That the earth is the center of the universe? That the earth is only about 2,000 years old and that people co-existed with dinosaurs? If that's the case, then I'd say they all need new tin foil hats or they need to tell the rest of us which meds they're on so we can figure out their universe.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  213. Emma in Baltimore

    It means world-wide pessimissim is spreading, and hope for the future is fading. When the rich get richer, and the squeeze on the middle class gets tighter, and compassion for the poor and suffering becomes scornful and viewed as socialism, things just don't look very bright out on the horizon. With greed and selfishness run amok among the people in power, one does not have much confidence that they will look out for anyone's well-being but their own.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  214. Iran in Ca.

    To me it means that likely 1 in 7 people are hoping for the end. There are a lot of unhappy, unsatisfied, and unfulfilled people out there. To them the world is a terrible place and if it were to go down in some sort of Apocalypse, it would be a good thing. As for me, I'm hoping that this is the last arbitrary time mark that we have to give such importance. We as a people need to realize that for better or worse, this world is our lot. It's in the best interest of us all to make it great for everyone.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  215. BIll in VA

    Only 15%? There are a heck of a lot more Democrats than that in our population. Maybe some of them aren't as I dumb as they appear after all.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  216. Jim

    I remember that more than 10% felt Y2K was going to bring a collapse of society, it could be because I live in the Pac NW. Biggest problem with this story is that most of the Looney Toons out there today, are spoon fed 24×7 by cable TV telling them that the Mayans, under the direction of aliens (Extraterrestrial, not Mexicans) and or their Gods, guided them to send this dire warning. These are the same folks that think Nostradamus had a defined clue.
    If I'm wrong, well… we gave it a good run and got wiped out before we completely ruined the place and the insect swon’t really miss us too much.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  217. david

    To me it means that 1 in 7 are way under educated.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  218. william

    It means 1 in 7 people are dissatisfied with themselves and so they sort of hope the end is coming .... Fairfield, Iowa

    May 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  219. Hadenuffyet

    It means their will be a spike in crime and some hard partying the evening of December 20, 2012.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  220. Daniel Correa

    It means that one in seven people are hyper-cognizant of their own mortality and are overly insecure about their continued existence on a daily basis.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  221. JCMars

    It means CNN has to stop polling the people in the "Occupy" camps and start selecting people who can think and not just parrot what they've been told by others.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  222. Max in NY

    There are also still a large percentage of people who think the Earth is flat, and a recent CNN article stated 60% of people (or so) believe God controls the day to day weather. I think we need better education and a new age of enlightenment in our country.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  223. Susan from Idaho

    It means one in seven of us are tired of living.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  224. Rick from Ohio

    Its a Mayan Calendar and I am not Mayan.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  225. Niki kazi

    Ilooks like we've got nothing better to do.., wonder what Mitt Romney thinks?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  226. Wissam Nour

    It means the other six need to find a way to exploit the seventh.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  227. Ed Lane

    It means 1 in 7 people are Republicans.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  228. m derosa

    It means it's no different from any other day

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  229. Hank - Jacksonville, NC

    Jeez, Jack, where do you come up with this stuff? To answer your question, it is time for the crazies to buy their Nikes before the big run on them.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  230. levineju

    It means that the human race is the same as it has been for millennia...superstitious, anxious, and fearful of what it cannot immediately, rationally explain.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  231. Dennis

    It means "you can't fix stupid" Jack.

    Dennis
    Cleveland

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  232. Tyler Goad, Arkansas

    Well Jack, I dont believe the mayan calendar but i do believe it will be the end of America as we know it.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  233. Aaron V

    Even more scary, 84% of people believe in a God!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  234. Aidan Adams

    It means that there are still foolish people living in the dark ages! It is very sad that so many people believe in that rubbish. Religion can be a positive part of any society, but, this is one of the downsides.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  235. Joe Arandas

    It means that they're misinterpreting the meaning of this date. It is more to do with a "transition" than "doomsday".
    Blame ignorance.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  236. Adam

    To me it seems that 1 in 7 people are either A.) religious fanatics B.) Pretending to believe for $ C.) have 0 education D.) are gullible beyond belief, take your pick.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  237. marie

    1 in 7 people hope to exit from their depression without committing suicide

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  238. Robert in Homestead, Florida

    They should call it "stupidstition", not superstition.

    You gave us the root cause of this belief; that the uneducated and poverty stricken are the ones most likely to believe this. Similar surveys show a remarkable lack of understanding and belief in the science of Evolution and Global warming, too. Stupidstition.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  239. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack:

    What it means is what Nostril damos predicted back in the pleistocene epoch "never underestimate the History Channel, as it will appear to the world masses on the face of glass !

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  240. Anthony Camarra

    I am I believer in the 2012 phenomenon , NASA and the government will continue to tell the public everything is fine just to keep order in society. There may be a world revolution to be the prologue such as the Occupy Movement. But only time will tell if the Mayan prophecy will be fulfilled .

    Thank you ,

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  241. Phil

    The world will come to an end; in about several million years from now. That is a reason for some people to get worried now.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  242. Ryan

    I do not believe the end of the world will occur in 2012 due to the mayans not accounting for daylight savings time. This would have roughly put the end of days sometime in jan 2012 and we still seem to be here. I do however think many people belive in this and there will be mass riots worldwide at the time. I also do not think the end of the world will occur during my lifetime (I am 22 now) due some form of collapse will occur in our society which will result in a lower level of complexity. This could lead to mass killings, riots, disease and other horrible things but the human species is resilient and will eventually bounce back.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  243. Jarod H.

    First off, being only 18, I do not think the world is going to end. I think the 1 in 7 people shows the ignorance of the world nowadays. Think about Y2K and how many people thought the world was going to end back then. I believe people that had predictions that became reality, such as Nostradamus or Ron Paul, people don't know what to believe so they join the bandwagon.

    From Sharon, Pennsylvania

    May 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  244. Tom Charlotte NC

    The 1 in 7 that think the world will end this year are probably the same 1 in 7 that think that Rush Limbaugh is their salvation!!...nuf said.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  245. Ray Victory

    It means, Jack, something that I, and I suspect you, have known for years - that 1 in 7 people will believe any foolish pap you feed them. The politicos are masters at the feeding of the masses.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  246. SteveD

    It means that 1 out of 7 is a Republican. Did you watch the Republican debates?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  247. Michael

    Wishful thinking.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  248. marty

    It means that 1 in 7 people are morons. I would have thought the number would have been higher!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  249. DW

    W/ regards to the Mayan calendar – Mayans didn't have leap years, so it was not incorporated in their calendars. If you add in all the extra days from leap years, the final date of the calendar has already passed. Apparently everyone just looks at the final date but forgets to take into account the actual number of days that have passed since the calendar was created.

    Oh, and if the world actually ends Dec. 21, it will be because of a self-fulfilling prophecy of people causing mass hysteria as opposed to a natural event.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  250. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    It means, Jack, something that I, and I suspect you, have known for years – that 1 in 7 people will believe any foolish pap you feed them. The politicos are masters at the feeding of the masses.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  251. Flyingwolf from Manchester, NH

    Its an old saying, but a lot of people are stuporstitious. I for one, will be fininshing up my Xmas shopping. And I'm not even a Christian–or a typist.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  252. vicky

    1 out of 7????? Lots crazy people in America.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  253. Dave

    15% of people think the end of the world is near. 50% of people are of below-average intelligence.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  254. carl

    It means one in seven people are ignorant of the universe around them. The nearest star (we call it the Sun) will evolve into a red giant in several millions of years from now and will expand in circumference to engulf all the inner planets of our solar system and fry the earth (us) resulting in the end of life here on earth.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  255. Paul Checketts

    What does it mean when one in seven people believe the end of the world is near? It means one in seven are Mormon. That is one of their religious tennants.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  256. Barry, Ontario

    It explains why Rupert Murdoch was able to build a media empire. Some folks are willing to believe anything, no matter how dumb or dubious the source.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  257. bk753 in NJ

    That 14% of the world's population were dropped on their heads as babies?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  258. tyson

    They predicted the end of the world almost 69 times so for people to believe that stuff its just a waste of there time period.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  259. Jaideep Taboori

    That people are wasting too much time with bad questions for surveys.

    If the end of the world is inevitable, why worry about it? Focus on problems that we have today and what you can do make them better.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  260. Marques

    I think that it reflects our overall attitude in these times. With economic problems, climate change and threats of terrorism constantly being pushed in our faces, it's no surprise that some people have trouble looking at the future optimistically. Frankly I'm shocked that the number of people believing the world is going to end is so low.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  261. Matthew de Leon (DC)

    It means they have TOO much time to think!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  262. levineju

    It means that the human race is the same as it has been for millennia...superstitious, anxious, and fearful of what it cannot immediately, rationally comprehend.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  263. Ron WPAFB

    Well, Jack, I fully expect the Banks to fail again and it will be global creating riots and WW III. It will be about Money! The fact that the Mayan calendar corresponds with this time is just ancient Mayan News Media creating news!

    I do not believe there is enough educated commonsense people left on Earth to counter all the power mongers and greed that will do us all in!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  264. Greg Lakes

    It's a bain of our existence – self fulfilling prophecy. It's what us humans do. The problem is that many operate with that in mind.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  265. Azita in Encino, CA

    It actually means one out of seven hope the end of the world is coming, and six out of seven love life too much to believe it.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  266. hiniket

    I am getting married on December 23rd 2012. So all I know is if the World doesn't end on Dec. 21st my free world is coming to an end couple days later... So either ways for me the my freedom is coming to an End....

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  267. ka-ren lipchik

    This is a rare time for us. Every 50,000 years we have a shift in our level of consciousness. What the Mayans are describing is the shift from level 3 to level 4. That means we will remember more about our sacredness and source energy. The world is evolving and will never end. So embrace this great time and view one another with love.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  268. Unknow

    All we have to do is wait an see either if it happens or not.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  269. John Triplett

    Look at the Mayan calander. Technically based on their claim it should have already happened last year.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  270. C. Bartoe

    Jack, it means those same 1 in 7 are the same people who think 13 is an unlucky number, 666 is an evil number and that we other 6 have got their number. C, Bartoe

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  271. will

    S.P.A.S. Some People Are Stupid. You can find them under a rock on December 22.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  272. David Hudgins

    The 1 in seven figures agree well with my own observation as a science educator the last 15 years that fully 15% of the population are simplly dumb as dirt. Actually another 20% really should not even be allowed to vote. Science education and critical thinking skills are poorly taught in US K-12 schools.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  273. Bob T - Southfield, MI

    Jack – It only means we live in a society of brain washed dullards who believe most anything without giving any legitimate thought to it. Science education is failing because our society doesn't support it and will trust a horiscope without question. And then we have a whole host of global warming deniers. Now the reality is that if our planet is doomed it'll be caused by our lack of intelligence.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  274. E Nok

    Only if we all read (really read) our bible we will see that Earth will always be around..(never was made to totter) But this "system" is on it's last leg.....US is the US for a reason...and Babylon (False religion) will fall very shortly.....Open your Eyes
    my people...Stop Sleeping & Stay Awake....Beccause at the time you don't Expect...He will come.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  275. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – This is not the first time that masses of people have believed that the end was near because of some artifact in some calendar. The Mayan calendar does not "predict" the end of the world on that Gregorian date. It just runs out of new date codes. One must presume that it does so intentionally because Mayans had some natural knowledge or supernatural powers that we do not. The first belief is contradicted by comparison of their other contemporaneous technologies and ours both then and now. We know their cosmology was not correct despite the fact that their calendar was annually more accurate than our Gregorian. The second belief is not contradictable, so many think that means it must be true. No such logic. There is no evidence that the Maya had any supernatural powers at all. The proof will come when the sun "rises" as usual the next day and gravity is not suddenly and mysteriously reversed. Meanwhile, the Constitution protects everyone's right to believe any nonsense they choose.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  276. Katherine

    2012 is significant for some not because they think we are all going to fall into the ocean, but because there is a new age dawning for humanity- the mayan calendar tracked the evolution of man- and 2012 represents the start of a more evolved species; the rethinking of the greed is good concept is just an example

    Los Angeles

    May 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  277. Sheila

    I'll tell you what it means. It means that things are so bad in this country and the rest of the world that 1 in 7 people are engaging in WISHFUL thinking Jack!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  278. Cael

    I was raised to base my judgement on what I know, what I see, and what I can logically and theoretically prove for myself. An Ancient civilization knowing little about the world having such an influence on such a large population in the world is discouraging. Science and logic are tools, we should learn to use them to accomplish our goals instead of submit to superstitions that we can otherwise do nothing about anyway.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  279. Yuri from florida

    In years past we have fantasized about supernatural. Now we have to worry about "the red button" and bigger than us alter egos of trigger happy politicians. The world may end as we know it but only if clear heads do not prevail.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  280. Ray Patel

    Jack,

    It will not be the end of the world, but it would definitely be beginning of the end of the world. Just think within next 20 to 40 years what will be the population of the world and what would be the availability of natural resources, everybody will be dying them selves because of shortage of all life saving supplies while demand will be sky

    Ray, San Diego, CA

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  281. steve christian

    The end jack? But I thought the new City of Jerusalem was going to descend from heaven and there would be peace on earth. Or is that just for the chosen?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  282. WR Jones

    Jack, It means that those same people get their news from John Stewart or Jay Leno, the same folks who go to a movie and come away convinced they watched a documentary and not a Sci-Fi, the same idiots that march in the streets yelling about the 1%, which was Hitler's argument against Jews in 1937, the same citizens that think a windmill or water will run the car they drive and that Mr Spock will deliver fuel crystals to all of us when oil is $10.00 per gallon.

    Look, there has always been a guy carrying a sign saying the end is near... mankind is still here despite those idiots.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  283. Michael

    If Obama gets a second term, then for sure, that will be the end of the world!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  284. Frank Jump

    It means one in seven people are living their lives "as if" the end is near, which could manifest in making irrational decisions and desperate choices. This mindset also carries a lack of responsibility for one's actions since the world is, according to them, ending anyway. Politicians with this mindset are the most dangerous of all. "Drill baby drill in a pristine area" – since the world is ending anyway, or greed and disregard for the poor and middle class are symptoms of a doomsday politician. The challenge is how the politicians will govern post-doomsday deadline. Will they just keep moving the doomsday deadline further into the future to justify their inactions? Hmmm.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  285. Name* Chad

    Yes Jack good ?. Earthquake in Haiti, George Bush is having an interview tonight with M. the scream is sold for $119m, kardashian at the wh dinner. The end of day must be around the corner.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  286. Mark Kapsha

    Well Jack, what it means in America's case is that the attack on our public eduction system by Republicans across the country is working, and not in our favor, but in favor of those who wish to dumb us down. Of course those who have less education have less capacity to be able to reason when it comes to those heralding an apocalypse. This strategy that the GOP has undertaken for many years now has brought our nation to a state of dumbness unprecedented in American history. When there are jobs to be had but an unskilled and uneducated work force left to fend for themselves, of course those who have no ability to reason will believe the unbelievable rantings of anger and fear. Increase education and you will decrease the number of people willing to believe that it will all be over soon.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  287. Momoh in Orlando FL

    It means one in seven people in the world are crazy. A sign that we need to channel more fun towards mental illness.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  288. Nina Fox

    Jack:

    Humanity’s Achilles heel is our egocentric “narcissism” and belief that the universe revolves around our species. The planet is over 4 billion years old. Why on ‘earth’ would it end in our lifetime? Another delusional belief system based in metaphors!

    Nina Fox
    Moving from California to Mars

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  289. Scott Slick

    The current end of the word hoax isn't any different from all of the rest. The only thing that will cause the end this year would only be due to paranoia. If the world leaders fall into this paranoia because of the state of discourse in the world then it would be a self fulfilling prophecy. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and chill out.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  290. ktlsull

    Those who believe the world will end according to the Mayan calendar are the same people who appear on Leno's J-Walking and answer questions such as, who is the Vice President of the US and answer some old guy with gray hair, or when asked who the chief justice of the supreme court is they reply – Strom Thurmond.
    As you can see, even mindless twits get too much airtime...another slow news day I guess.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  291. Gary

    It means that they should get together with the 24% of Americans that believe President Obama is a Muslim...and keep watching Fox for their information.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  292. Damisa, Virginia beach, VA

    Jack, you and my brother Wolf better believe it, I dreamt of it twice this year alone. i hope we can have CNN in haven so that i can sit on my couch and listen to you and wolf pass messages from God to us. good luck anyway and hope to see you guys in the world to come.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  293. nina

    Thw whole world shouldn't worry nothing will happen.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  294. Momoh in Orlando FL

    It means one in seven people in the world are crazy. A sign that we need to channel more funds towards mental illness.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  295. Laura

    It means that there is something to all this.The Mayan could predict lunar eclipse from 5,000 years in advance,so they knew something about the cycle.I think something will take place,but No one knows if the world will end the end of this year.People just think,We live on a planet in space...That in itself is Amazing!!I don't just rely on "experts" to tell me what is going on because it's not like they would say oh ya the world will end this year..Imagine what kind of madness would take place..I think ANYTHING is possible.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  296. Ken, in NJ

    It means: If the world does end in December. Then I sure hope it is in my lifetime!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  297. JCMars

    It means poll takers have run out of things to take polls of (with a margin of error of =/- 3.257%).

    Scarier still is that more than 1 out of 2 people here in Michigan are going to vote to re-elect the president in November (maybe that 1 in 7 know something the other 6 don't know). Did the Mayans predict Obama?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  298. Mike S., New Orleans

    What it means Jack is that one in seven people are paranoid.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  299. QS in Seattle

    Jack, to me it simply shows the overwhelming evidence that religion is a far worse influence on the world than most give it credit for.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  300. NY Liberal

    It means there are less Evangelicals than I thought...

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  301. Pat in CA

    When we consider that 1 of 5 Americans still thinks the sun revolves around the Earth, this is not surprising.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  302. Matt

    Well i dont know if it is gonna happen. But all I know is that I am ready for it!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  303. Jim in Stockton, CA

    Its a direct reflection of the folks that slept through school and thus became the fodder for the religulous nut jobs preaching "The End" This really needs to be followed by the Loony Toons theme song....

    May 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  304. Diane in Kansas

    Well, judging from the comments, it means it's too simple a question with too much of an opportunity for people to make fun of other people for their beliefs. It means that peoples' opinions, beliefs, or thoughts on this don't matter as anything more than another news story. It means that 6 out of 7 people don't give it much serious thought because it's more entertaining to make fun of the ones in the minority. It means that 1 in 7 people are left wondering why more questions cannot be asked and more research cannot be done beyond the shallow thought of, "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of!"

    I personally believe the bible and I believe there will be end times. I took my time coming to that belief and did not rush in blindly, but studied and reasoned my way to my faith. I don't pretend to be an expert or know how it will come about. I don't even know if I believe in the Rapture. But I will say, with every headline and news story I see of violence against children, rape, murder, corruption, terrorism, bombings, greed and destruction, I pray for it.

    And if I'm wrong, oh well. I'll continue on doing what I can to make things better, even though there are times when all I can do is drop change in a donation jar. I wonder how many of these making comments here do even that much? Or are you having too much fun showing yourselves off as smartasses?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  305. sarah from washington state

    It means there are more crazy people in this world then we thought and they are not ok with ringing in the new year with out dick clark but its ok doctor who will save the day! He always does!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  306. Ceara

    Maybe the so-called apocalypse isn't like its' portrayed in the movies. Maybe the end of days is a prophecy destined for self-fulfillment due to mass hysteria or something else. It might result in widespread death and those who are left to pick up the pieces would have to take note of what led humanity down this path and try to avoid it in the future. Alternatively, nothing will happen and we'll just have to make up a new date to be 'doomsday.'

    May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  307. playtrombone

    What it means is that things look so bleak to so many that they are ready for what comes after this life.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  308. Ernesto P Long Island, New York

    I think it has more to do with the times. Some people just want to believe that there may be an out for them when things get tough. How much do we talk about the end of the world when everything in your corner of it is just fine?

    May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  309. The Left Wing

    I thought the base of Republican party was a just a bit bigger than 15% of the population.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  310. Jeff In Minnesota

    What do you thin it means Jack? It means there are a number of gullible people amongst us.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  311. Focalist

    Maybe we ought to just conduct a poll which simply asks "Are you stupid?". Fifty dollars says at least one in five Americans responds "yes", and another one in five responds with a complaint that their fifth delivery order of deep-fried butter for the night hasn't shown up yet.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  312. JWB

    Y2K appeared to be much ado about nothing because of the extensive work by many folks in the IT industry who foresaw the very real issues that would be caused by not correcting the digital storage of the year as a 4 digit number instead of a 2 digit number that many systems used. Let's say someone was born in 2001. If the year was stored as '01' was that person a newborn or 100 years old? Get the picture, Jack? Probably not.

    The Mayans have already checked out so I guess we're OK.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  313. D.Cain

    The end is defiantly near it is called the Rapture of the church. Maybe within the next 20 years or it could happen at any moment. Nothing else must happen biblically before the Rapture.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  314. Donyina Ashburn, VA

    True, all kinds of signs predicted by Jesus Christ before His coming to end this sinful earth are seen every day, showing that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. However, nobody knows the actual date because Jesus said nobody knows or will know the day and date the world will end.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  315. Chuck from Maryland

    It's ridiculous Jack, and Christians over the centuries have been the worst offenders. Paul thought the end times near when he wrote 1 Thessalonians. But he and fifty generations of fearmongerers ever since have all been dead wrong. Why would a God who created the world in the first place and pronounced it "good" (Genesis 1) and who "so loved the world"(John 3:16) suddenly turn into an angry warlord hell-bent on arson and murder anyway? If we lived our lives believing instead that the way we live today will have consequences for the planet and its people tomorrow, we'd be less afraid and the world would be a better place.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  316. tet1953

    If the 1 in 7 are right, then I will have made it. I will have made my money last through my retirement. I can manage 7 or 8 months.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  317. Ken

    Of course the end is coming. Nothing will stop the continuing collapse of social programs in Europe and then the US. As all those folks dependent on the government to care for them lose that support, their anger will rise and they blindly strike out all around them, refusing to accept they are to blame for their own problems. As the collapse worsens and infrastructure fails leading to lack of food and other resources, anarchy will reign supreme as the last vestiges of civilized behavior are dropped, and people turn on each other to survive. Yes, it's all the Democrats fault.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  318. C. Sheen

    I have seen several ends that I would like to be near!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  319. MnTaxpayer

    A new poll conducted for Reuters shows nearly 15% of people believe the world will end during their lifetime.

    Since we are all going to die, the world will end for all of us during our lifetime.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  320. Randy_dee

    It means a lot of people with hangovers are going to be calling in sick on December 13.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  321. Jim Obrien

    Watch "The Wizard of Oz" using "Dark Side of the Moon" as an alternative soundtrack. The two mysteriously sync-up. What's more interesting is that the final lyrics of the album suggest a kind of "end-of-time" scenario -Everything under the sun is in tune / But the sun is eclipsed by the moon. More interesting still is that as we hear these lyrics, we see Tin Man's friends releasing him from a moment where time had stopped.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  322. Richxx

    Jesus said the end was soon, Mark 9:1- And Jesus was saying to them, "Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power." And Christians have been repeating this yearly for 2,000 years. If they keep it up long enough they will get it right. Can't last more than another 4.5 billion at the most. But the end will not come because of their made up God.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  323. infonomics

    An indicator of gloom, not doom.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  324. John

    A recent study showed 1 in 7 people were being chased by debt collectors. Are these the same deadbeats who think (hope?) that the world is coming to an end.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  325. Paul Sutherland

    It doesn't mean anything at all.

    More than 1 in 7 people believe in mystical all-powerful fairy-tale creatures (ie – GOD)
    but that certainly doesn't make GOD exist.

    So 1 in 7 people believing that the end is near just means that 1 in 7 people are basically illiterate.
    Nothing more.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  326. GEV124

    Maybe people just have too much time on their hands? Things are pretty good really in comparison to the rest of human history. Much more of us have access to food and shelter and clean water. We have a thriving media and many of us enjoy freedom of speech and choice of our path in life. A little blip of the banking crisis and the prospect of the US economy dropping into 2nd place by 2015 is nothing to cry about really. Mankind has lived through an ice age, plague, the rise and fall of religious conquest, two world wars and managed to avoid nuclear annihilation through luck alone. Cheer up everyone and thing of what we could achieve with a little more positive thought.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  327. JPJ3016

    If you really think that the world will end this year then send me a check dated 12/20/12 for everything in your bank account, you won't................

    May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  328. Brian-Austin TX

    It means there will be lots of great deals on December 11th.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  329. Rhonda Postell

    END? Or maybe the end of the world as we know it? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize, and better yet "FEEL" the heightened and intense difference in the atmosphere... it impacts our perception, interaction with others, etc., etc., etc. An almost innate (for some) internal warning signal... pay attention... get ready! My personal thought? Nothing wrong with being ready for any thing that could come our way. Our situation all over the world should be of concern. Whether apocalypse means total destruction or our earth renewing itself in some way (change)... guess we'll find out. I expect "change" beginning to be more and more evident in 2012... nothing more, nothing less? But, fasten your seat belts – you may be in for a bumpy ride!

    May 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  330. Tc in Louisiana

    I really don't think it amount to anything...except if you're a Chicago Cub fan.

    May 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  331. sarah from washington state

    Not to worry doctor who will figure out how to fiz that mess. No i dont believe the world will spin off its rocker but maybe a epic world wide event will happen weather its a discovery of aliens or just world wide peace. I know far fetched but one can only dream. I think that the mayan calender stoped there because they figured that we would have self distructed our world against some unknown battle. You kniw kinda like hiw people in the 60s thought by now there would be flying cars by now...

    May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  332. Laura

    Laura Saint Louis,Mo.I think mainstream needs to open there eyes and realize that everything the ancients did was not just for nothing..We need to open our eyes and realize that we live on a planet in the middle of space and anything is possible!!Experts are not gonna say the world will end this year...can we say mass panic...the Mayans time keeping is more precise than our own...this event that will take place on December 21 2012 has not happened in 26,000 years..How would "experts"know what will happen?were they here then to witness what happened? No they were not..I dont feel the world will end at the end of this year but I do believe anything is possible..I feel something will take place...this also has nothing to do with y2k at all....So all the educated non crazy people open your eyes to the reality that what can take place..Your money and gossip will not help you if the stuff hits the fan..

    May 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm |