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Do You Believe the World Will End in Your Lifetime?

A new poll has found that a surprising percentage of the world's population - including 22 percent of Americans - believe the world will end during their lifetime.

Ipsos, an independent market research company, is reporting that as many as one in seven global citizens believe the world will come to an end during their lifetime. A surprising one in ten (10%) believe the end of the Mayan calendar, which will allegedly occur in December of 2012, will mark the end of the world. Another eight percent say they "have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012.

The poll, which was conducted among 16,262 adults in 21 countries, found that a majority of the world (86%) doesn't believe Armageddon is coming anytime soon. However, the highest number of believers comes from the U.S. (22%), Turkey (22%), and South Africa (21%). The least number of those who believe they'll live to see the end are in Great Britain (8%), Belgium (7%) and France (6%).

A smaller but still surprising number of people are convinced that the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, will bring about the end of the world as we know it. One in ten (10%) respondents in 21 countries agree that the world will end on this day, while 90 percent of those polled disagreed. The highest number of believers can be found in China (20%) followed by Turkey, Russia, Mexico, South Korea and Japan at 13 percent. The U.S. ranks next in line at 12 percent. Germany and Indonesia have the least number of believers at only four percent.

Not surprisingly, those who believe they'll see the end admit that it causes them to worry with eight percent of global citizens saying that because of their belief, they "have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012."

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