Many Americans see hint of Apocalypse in extreme weather

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 14 2012 09:49 AM | Updated as of Dec 14 2012 05:49 PM

WASHINGTON - A third of Americans believe the intensity of recent natural disasters is linked to the Apocalypse described in the New Testament, according to a poll released Thursday.

Many more blame global warming, the survey added.

Seeking to explain floods and heat or cold waves, 36 percent of those surveyed, and 66 percent of Evangelical Christians, evoke the end of the world, said the poll by the Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service.

But 63 percent of those polled blame climate change, and 67 percent say the US government should do more to address this problem.

Some 15 percent of those polled believe the world will end during their lifetime, and two percent say it will happen on December 21 of this year as some believe was predicted by the Mayan calendar.

A total of 1,018 adults took part in the poll, which was carried out between December 5 and 9 and had a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.