Four in 10 Americans believe
Jesus Christ will return to earth by 2050, while a slightly larger portion (46
percent) don’t believe they’ll see a Second Coming by mid-century, according to
a new survey.
As part of Smithsonian
Magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, 1,546 adults were asked to guess the
forecast of war, energy, science and religion in the next 40 years for a survey
conducted by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press.
Evangelicals were most
likely (58 percent) to predict a Second Coming, followed by 32 percent of
Catholics, and 27 percent of mainline Protestants.
Fifty-two percent of people
living in the South, and 59 percent of people without a college degree,
expected a Christ comeback more readily than their counterparts, according to
The survey had a margin of
error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.