Now On Sale: 2013 Mayan Calendar
(May 4, 2014) In reference to the impulse buying of “junk” on late night television shopping networks, The Tonight Show host Jay Leno said he bought a 2013 Mayan Calender. The “joke” drew a lukewarm response.
On Tuesday, the independent market research company, Ipsos released results from an international poll, which among other things revealed that ten percent of global citizens believe the Mayan Prophecy to be true: But only eight percent believe the world will come to an end at the close of 2012.
It also stated that 14% agree ‘the world will come to an end during my lifetime.’
Here’s the breakdown:
One in seven agree ‘the world will come to an end during my lifetime’ – 4% strongly, 10% somewhat – while the rest of the world (86%) disagrees – 66% strongly, 19% somewhat. Two in ten of those in Turkey (22%), the United States (22%), South Africa (21%), Argentina (19%), Mexico (19%) and Indonesia (19%) agree with the statement while only 6% in France agree, followed by Belgium (7%), Great Britain (8%) and Sweden (11%).
One in ten respondents in 21 countries agree ‘the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world’ – 2% strongly agree, 8% somewhat agree. The majority of world citizens (90%), however, disagree with this interpretation – 73% strongly, 16% somewhat. Two in ten (20%) of those in China are in agreement with the statement, followed at the top of the global list by 13% in each of: Turkey, Russia, Mexico, South Korea and Japan. Only 4% in Germany and Indonesia seem to believe the prophecy, joined by 7% in Great Britain, South Africa and Italy.
These beliefs appear to translate into worry, as a similar proportion (8%) of global citizens agrees – 2% strongly, 6% somewhat – that they ‘have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012.’ Most (92%) disagree with the statement (80% strongly, 12% somewhat). Those in Russia (14%) appear to have the highest level of anxiety, followed by Poland (13%), China (12%), Turkey (11%) and Japan (11%). Those in Great Britain (4%) are least likely to agree, followed by 5% in Germany, Australia and Canada.
The Ipsos poll was conducted among 16,260 adults in 21 countries and was carried out on behalf of Reuters News Agency.