- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Forty percent of Americans believe supernatural intervention will bring an end to human history, according to a recent poll.
Half of 1,000 Americans polled are not convinced the physical world will end someday and another 10 percent are not sure, according to a Barna Research Group poll conducted in June.
Of the 40 percent who believed in a supernatural end to the Earth, two-thirds of them said it was "very likely" Jesus Christ would return. Another 15 percent said it was "somewhat likely" He would come back. The most fervent believers in a physical return of Christ were evangelical Christians (75 percent), followed by mainline Protestants (69 percent), then Catholics (55 percent).
Several of those polled said the world would end either through an environmental disaster or by war. The poll was commissioned by Tyndale House Publishers, which was issuing a line of "Left Behind" books, an apocalyptic series on the end times.
When asked if countries in the Middle East would be entangled in events surrounding the end, 48 percent said it was "very likely" and 26 percent said it was "somewhat likely." Of those who believed in the world's end, half said it was "very" or "somewhat" likely it would happen in their lifetime.
When asked what would happen to them should there be a Second Coming, 61 percent of those who believed in a world's end said they would go to heaven. Twenty-eight percent said they did not know. Protestants far outpolled Catholics (71 percent to 53 percent) as confident they would go to heaven.

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