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Most Don't Expect Doomsday Any Time Soon

Despite any popular doomsday predictions, most Americans aren’t concerned that the end of the world will occur in their lifetimes, according to a study by LifeWay Research. Only 11% of 1,600 people who participated in a survey on the topic said they agree with statement, “I believe that the world will end in my lifetime,” the division of LifeWay Christian Resources said in the LifeWay Research Insights newsletter. “Many religions predict a time when the world will end, be recreated or experience some cataclysmic transition,” Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, said. “For others, that is not a religious issue but based on concerns from the environment to nuclear war. However, the belief that ‘the end is near’ is not that widespread, with a strong majority disagreeing with the statement.” The study found that Americans with higher incomes are less likely to believe the world will end soon: 71% of people making $100,000 or more disagree that the world will end in their lifetimes. Meanwhile, 53% of those making $25,000 or less disagree with the scenario, while 15% agree. Men are more skeptical than women about the world ending in their lifetimes, as are those with more formal education.

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