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Thu Apr 2, 2015, 05:45 AM

How Americans think the world will end, in charts

http://www.vox.com/2015/3/12/8194903/apocalypse-causes-poll

Americans have varying ideas on how the world will end, from nuclear war to a direct act of God to zombies.

About two-thirds of Americans told online pollster YouGov that they have given little or no thought to preparing for the apocalypse. But when asked to elaborate on the most likely end-of-the-world scenario, Americans showed off their partisan differences and some similarities.

David Mendoza at the Mendoza Line charted the YouGov survey's findings on how people think the world will end:



More graphs for population subsets at the link

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Reply How Americans think the world will end, in charts (Original post)
eridani Apr 2015 OP
Kalidurga Apr 2015 #1
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Apr 2015 #2
Kalidurga Apr 2015 #3
Coventina Apr 2015 #11
rock Apr 2015 #4
yeoman6987 Apr 2015 #27
forsaken mortal Apr 2015 #39
rock Apr 2015 #43
el_bryanto Apr 2015 #5
RedCappedBandit Apr 2015 #6
CanonRay Apr 2015 #7
ladjf Apr 2015 #8
PowerToThePeople Apr 2015 #18
ladjf Apr 2015 #24
Ichingcarpenter Apr 2015 #9
ieoeja Apr 2015 #10
Calista241 Apr 2015 #12
Amishman Apr 2015 #13
Gidney N Cloyd Apr 2015 #14
MisterP Apr 2015 #15
Spirochete Apr 2015 #16
hifiguy Apr 2015 #29
olddots Apr 2015 #17
hatrack Apr 2015 #19
NCTraveler Apr 2015 #20
Erose999 Apr 2015 #21
MosheFeingold Apr 2015 #22
VScott Apr 2015 #23
lpbk2713 Apr 2015 #25
hifiguy Apr 2015 #26
Bosonic Apr 2015 #28
HereSince1628 Apr 2015 #30
nichomachus Apr 2015 #31
upaloopa Apr 2015 #32
ruffburr Apr 2015 #36
yuiyoshida Apr 2015 #33
Politicalboi Apr 2015 #34
KansDem Apr 2015 #35
lumberjack_jeff Apr 2015 #37
Agnosticsherbet Apr 2015 #38
forsaken mortal Apr 2015 #40
tularetom Apr 2015 #41
bigwillq Apr 2015 #42
marlakay Apr 2015 #44

Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:53 AM

1. Alien Zombies

But, seriously I don't think there is going to be some big event that ends humans. Humanity will end in a whimper. The earth will keep spinning until the universe dies or it gets pulverized by something.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:58 AM

2. I can't recall, but I think there's a stage of solar evolution a few billion years down the road

in which the sun expands enough so that the earth gets baked to a cinder. If we're not off by then, we're toast. (If we manage to last even anywhere near that long, which I don't think we will.)

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 07:15 AM

3. Well I won't be around for the end days.

My kids probably won't either. I don't think humans are going to completely die out until earth is gone. Unless humans move to another planet far far away.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 08:40 AM

4. Most likely, Climate Change

As I've said before, if the politicians found aout that a ice berg was headed straight for them, they would run in a circle bumping into each other until the berg ran over them.

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Response to rock (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:20 PM

27. I doubt climate change

 

The ice melting has been going on since day 1. Remember the entire United States was under ice not long ago. We also were one big chunk of dirt until we were spilt seven times. Earth will go on after we are six feet under.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:02 PM

39. civilization

The question isn't about if the Earth will continue going on, it's about what will cause the collapse of civilization basically. Climate change definitely has the potential to take a swing a sledgehammer against civilization.

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Response to forsaken mortal (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 09:29 PM

43. What you said

I look at an apocalypse as being about man (i.e. civilization).

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 08:43 AM

5. Nuclear war? They tried that in the movies and it didn't work. nt

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 08:54 AM

6. Well, people are silly.

Realistically, the most likely "apocalypse" type scenario is that critical resources like water will dwindle as a result of climate change and stability will suffer.

Judgement day? lol.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 09:29 AM

7. At least Climate Change is equal to Judgement Day

I guess that's something.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 10:50 AM

8. The Sun will kill everything on Earth in about 900 million years. nt

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Response to ladjf (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:42 PM

18. yup, when our sun goes nova, earth ends.

 

Humans will likely have been extinct for hundreds of millions of years prior to that.

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Response to PowerToThePeople (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:02 PM

24. All true. And there are other possibilities. Yet,

I think it is beneficial for humans to clearly realize that life on Earth has a definite "shelf life" based on immutable laws of physics
rather than some vague subjective notions about how life will end. And it sure as hell isn't going to happen in few hundred years.

Even a nuclear Holocaust wouldn't kill everyone, just change the demographics drastically.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 11:49 AM

9. Here is a political philosophic map explaining various idealogues






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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 11:57 AM

10. All of the above.

 


I don't think the Alien Zombie god will send his Zombies to incite worldwide revolution that the powers that be will attempt to put down using nuclear weapons causing global climate change or something else.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 12:08 PM

12. It'll probably be a combination of that stuff.

Water shortage leads to war, which leads to a nuclear exchange, which leads to Denzel Washington in the Book of Eli movie.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 12:13 PM

13. False Vacuum Collapse

That or strangelets

LHC will doom us all

Also disappointed that zombies didn't rank higher. More people need a sense of humor it seems.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 12:21 PM

14. How 'bout a giant asteroid?

Or maybe Galactus?


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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 02:22 PM

15. I vote "Lord Asriel's even-crazier followers start blasting interdimensional portals

willy-nilly as the wars on their timeline heat up"

interesting to see Judgement Day at only 16% (besides, we've ); also surprising for me is revolution so much higher than aliens since our culture's been fixated on alien invasions since the Xipehuz

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:30 PM

16. Destroyed by the Vogons

has my vote.

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Response to Spirochete (Reply #16)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:21 PM

29. Excellent!

 



The highway has to go somewhere, I guess.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:33 PM

17. constipation

 

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:44 PM

19. How about the sun running out of hydrogen in a few billion years?

We know that's how the world will end, but apparently they couldn't include that as a category.

Pathetic.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:46 PM

20. How do they define the world ending?

 

It would be impossible for most of the items mentioned to actually end man kind, much less the world.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:46 PM

21. The awakening of Cthulu, and the vengance of the Old Ones.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:47 PM

22. I'm leaning to multiple causes

Notably some sort of economic collapse (caused by anything from drought, to stupid management of the economy, to an EMP blast over the middle of the country turning off all the lights forever), followed by world war or series of wars that is/are at least part nuclear, followed by disease (indeed perhaps strains developed as an agent of war).

All will combine to pretty well screw things up.

I don't think we will last long enough for climate change to have a material impact.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 03:50 PM

23. If the Yellowstone super volcano lets go...

 

(actually it's when... it's about 40,000 years overdue), game over.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:13 PM

25. I have no doubt we will be responsible for our own demise.




It will be in the form of some disease or pestilence or a combination thereof.

We will contaminate the air we breathe, our water, our food crops and we will lower the standards for medicines and other health items so that the manufacturers can have a bigger profit margin. Rodents and insects will carry more pathogens simply because the world they live in will have more available. It's only a matter of time IMO.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:19 PM

26. Moon Nazis, of course.

 



More seriously, some sort of limited nuclear war or man-assisted plague that wipes out about 80% of the population. I want to believe in the Roddenberry scenario that a humane, democratic socialist planet-wide government can arise out of that. But it will only if the right lessons are learned and humanity transcends greed, religion and capitalism.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:21 PM

28. Pick your Era

I pick 10^30 years hence; or never.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:23 PM

30. Americans ignore space aliens at their own peril!

Science GUY Says SO! SCIENCE!! Sort of...well with reference to sort of...well that sort of xenophobia is outta this world, unless it's a radio show on halloween.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:25 PM

31. It's actually the wrong question

Most of these things won't end the world. They will end the human race, but the world would survive all of them -- except the fairy tale Judgment Day stuff. Aliens don't figure in. Why would they invade? If they're got the technology to get here, there is nothing here that they want or need. We're really not that important.

On our current trajectory, humans are looking at mass extinction in 100 - 200 years. This will be due to climate change, our already poisoned food supply, war, nuclear waste, lack of potable water, you name it.

However, once we're gone, the earth will actually heal itself and thrive. Until the sun decides to give up the ghost a few billion years hence.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:26 PM

32. I think it is pretty elitist to think the end of

human civilization will be the end of the world.
I think after we are gone the earth will repair itself and exist long after we are gone.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #32)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:36 PM

36. Thank You !

The planet will heal and remain, humans not so much

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:27 PM

33. Well I would think a fairly large Asteroid

slamming into the earth like it did during the age of the Dinosaurs would be a significant concern. Could you imagine the Tsunami caused by an asteroid slamming into the Atlantic or Pacific?? God, would that be scary to see your death coming that way!

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:28 PM

34. Climate Change IMO will do us in

 

I think we'll be lucky to get 30 mores years out of this mess. The chain reaction to rising temps and bugs and viruses that couldn't survive before will thrive. When our oceans die we die. Oceans create clouds, no clouds no rain, no rain no life.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:29 PM

35. I think it will be an alien invasion of zombies and something else that will land on Earth...

...for a worldwide revolution declaring judgment day for climate change and instead of an apocalypse we'll have nuclear war.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:40 PM

37. Gray goo / Pandemic

 

The former really would be the end of the world, the latter just the people on it.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:50 PM

38. In a few billion years, the sun will expand to a red giant start.

engulf the eath, a creamate the planet.

The matter left over form the eath, including us, will likely join with the panatary nebula that is left behind when the sun collapses to a white dwarf.

We may become part of other suns, other planets, and even other life.

Ultimately, the heat death of the universe will lead to all mater ceasing to exist.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:04 PM

40. fossil fuels

Earth's gas tank isn't infinite the way conservatives like to pretend it is. Once we run out of vast reserves of hydrocarbons, civilization as we know it will disappear unless we stop being stupid and start pouring serious research into alternative energy.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:09 PM

41. The world will end when the sun expands and turns it into space dust

Life on earth will end a few million years before that happens and human life will probably be among the first life forms to face extinction. I envision a sort of reverse evolution or devolution as humans adapt to changing climatic and geological conditions, until we're all basically anaerobic bacteria just before we become cinders.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:22 PM

42. I think I took this survey.

 

I take many YouGov surveys.

I said "Climate Change"

I think the world will 'end' because of some weather-related event.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #42)

Thu Apr 2, 2015, 09:39 PM

44. I belong to yougov too

I don't get these cool surveys, mostly get asked about products and some polical stuff.

I feel split on this question part of me thinks what you said and other part of me thinks some idiot who doesn't care if people live or die will some day get nukes.

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