Many Americans Expect Jesus' Return by 2050

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A new poll finds that many Americans are divided over whether they expect Jesus Christ to return to earth by the year 2050, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Smithsonian Magazine.

  • Forty-one percent of those surveyed expect Jesus' second coming in the next 40 years.
  • Forty-six percent said it probably or definitely will not happen.
  • Fifty-eight percent of white evangelicals believe Jesus will return by 2050 compared to only 32 percent of Catholics.

Those with no college education were three times as likely as those with college degrees to expect Christ's second coming in the next 40 years.

A majority of all respondents, meanwhile, say they expect there to be nuclear terrorism against the U.S. or another world war by 2050.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents under the age of 30 predict a world war by 2050, 72 percent believe that there will be an energy crisis worldwide by 2050 and 31 percent expect an asteroid will strike the planet.

According to the poll, 53 percent expect a terrorist attack against the United States using a nuclear weapon.

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