NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty percent of all Americans and 45
percent of Christians believe that the world will end, as the Bible predicts,
in a battle at Armageddon between Jesus and the Antichrist, according to a new
Newsweek Poll on prophecy. Fully, 71 percent of Evangelical Protestants, but
only 28 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 18 percent of Catholics
share that view.
The poll is part of the cover package, "Prophecy: What the Bible Says
About the End of the World," in the November 1 issue of Newsweek (on
newsstands Monday, October 25), which also includes articles by Religion
Editor Kenneth L. Woodward, on "The Way the World Ends," and "Millennium
Madness" by Senior Editor John Leland. According to the poll, almost half of
believers in the Biblical prophecy of Armageddon (47%) think the Antichrist is
on earth now, and 45 percent of them believe Jesus will return to Earth in
their lifetime. But, only a modest group --15 percent -- of believers in the
Armageddon prophecy -- or about 6 percent of all Americans -- think Jesus will
return as early as the year 2000.
In the poll, large majorities of believers in the second coming of Christ
believe that current events such as natural disasters (83%), epidemics like
AIDS and Ebola (66%) and outbreaks of violence like shootings (62%), are a
sign that it will happen soon. An overwhelming majority of believers in a
second coming (95%) believe that, under such circumstances, it is important to
get right with God and a majority (65%) think it is important to convert non-
Christians. However, less than half of believers (42%) think that converting
people to the Christian faith hastens the return of Jesus to Earth. Among all
of those surveyed, 57 percent expect that people will be divided between
heaven and hell after the world ends. An even larger majority (68%) expect
that they will be going to heaven.
For this Newsweek Poll, Princeton Research Associates interviewed
755 adults, 18 and older from October 21-22. The margin of sampling error is
plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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