There are a lot of crazy people out there. An Ipsos Global Public Affairs survey conducted for the Reuters news agency finds that one in 7 (14%) of the global population believes that the world will end in their lifetime. About 10% associate this with the so-called Mayan calendar prophecy that supposedly signals the end of the world on December 21, 2012, totally ruining the Christmas holidays.
About 10% had fear or anxiety about this happening, which means that about 5% are pretty cool with the idea of being eyewitnesses to the Armageddon.
Of the 21 countries surveyed, Turkey and the US led the pack with 22% while the French are the most grounded in reality with only 6% thinking this way. The high numbers for the US did not surprise me. I actually expected it to be closer to the crazification factor of 27% that has been established as the benchmark for the acceptance levels of crazy ideas in the US.
The full survey report can be seen here.