Will the world end in your lifetime?

Posted by    |    May 6th, 2012 at 5:40 am

A woman raises her arms to receive energy from the sun at the Mayan pyramid El Castillo (The Castle), in Chichen Itza, in the southern state of Yucatan, Mexico March 21, 2009 (Credit: Reuters/Argely Salazar)Twenty-two percent of Americans think the world will end in their lifetime.  According to a recent Reuters poll, nearly 15 percent of people worldwide agree.  The numbers range from 6 percent in France to 22 percent in Turkey and the U.S.

What explains this phenomenon?

Some blame the Mayan calendar–10 percent worldwide believe that its conclusion on December 21, 2012 will mark the end of the world.  Those with lower education or household income levels are more likely to believe in an apocalypse during their lifetime.  So are those who are under 35 years old.