A new Pew Research poll reveals a few telling things about the American public. Most interestingly, the poll reveals that 41% of our fellow citizens believe that Jeebus will return to earth within the next 40 years.
• 71 per cent believe cancer will be cured by 2050.
• 81 per cent believe computers will be able to converse like humans.
• 68 per cent of those under 30 predict a world war by 2050.
• 53 per cent say ordinary people will travel in space
• Nearly three-quarters, or 74 per cent, of those polled believe it likely that “most of our energy will come from sources other than coal, oil, and gas”.
• Yet 72 per cent believe the world is likely to experience a major worldwide energy crisis by 2050.
• 66 per cent say the Earth will definitely or probably get warmer but it breaks down strongly along political lines, with just 48 per cent of Republicans saying so and 83 per cent of Democrats.
• 42 per cent say it is likely that scientists will be able to tell what people are thinking by scanning their brains but 55 say this will definitely or probably not happen.
• 89 per cent believe a woman will be elected US president by 2050.
• 86 per cent say it is at least probable that most Americans will have to work into their 70s before retiring.
• 41 per cent say Jesus Christ will return within the next 40 years while 46 per cent say this will definitely or probably not happen.
• 63 per cent anticipate the demise of paper money
• 61 per cent say almost no one will send letters by 2050.
• 31 per cent expect the planet will be struck by an asteroid.
Just to make sure we understand what’s going on here, just about two out of every five people in our country believes essentially the same thing that the Heaven’s Gate cult believed, except instead of spacemen, it’s a Jewish carpenter zombie.
At least Heaven’s Gate opted for a natural explanation.
Aside from that one troubling statistic, the results are pretty interesting. Some of these I’d say I agree with. But I’m pretty sure a lot of people will be disappointed in the coming decades. Or, at least, I can be sure 41% will.