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51% of Americans Believe a Financial Collapse Is Imminent; 85% Say Country Is Overwhelmingly Under-Prepared

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A recent survey of 1,007 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over suggests that most of us believe a doomsday scenario of some kind will occur in the next twenty five years.

With three million preppers in the U.S. getting ready for widespread disaster, gun sales sky rocketing, and retail precious metals purchases at unprecedented levels, the results of the survey performed by Kelton Research on behalf of National Geographic shouldn’t be surprising.

Among other things, the survey asked respondents to choose which natural or man-made doomsday scenarios they believed are most likely to happen in the United States.

The result suggest that Americans are more aware of the dangers facing our fragile society today than ever before.

National Geographic Survey via The Ready Store:

Which of the following, if any, do you think might happen in the United States in the next 25 years?  Please choose all that apply.

About how many years from now, if ever, do you think it’s likely that the world will experience a major catastrophe? Your best guess is fine.

If a major catastrophe were to happen in your lifetime, do you think it would be…

Which of the following do you think is a smarter investment?

Which of the following, if any, have you ever done to prepare for a potential catastrophe? Please choose all that apply.

Which of the following explain why you are not as prepared as you think you need to be for a potential catastrophe? Please choose all that apply. (Among respondents who think they are not fully prepared)

In the event of a catastrophe, do you think that most Americans will be…

The Doomsday Preppers Survey was conducted by Kelton Research between January 3rd and January 10th, 2012 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas are set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and over.

While millions may be preparing, and over half of Americans expect a major catastrophic natural or man-made event to occur in the course of their lifetimes, at least 25% of Americans – fully 80 million – have taken no active steps to prepare themselves for disaster because they simply don’t believe it’s a possibility.

Our guess is that these overwhelmingly under-prepared individuals will be the first ones screaming for FEMA to give them food and calling for confiscation and redistribution of the supplies of others.

12 Comments on "51% of Americans Believe a Financial Collapse Is Imminent; 85% Say Country Is Overwhelmingly Under-Prepared"

  1. Cloud9 on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 12:59 pm 

    Fifty one precent are tax payers.

  2. Repent on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 1:42 pm 

    The 25% that have done nothing to prepare will be the first to go under.

  3. BillT on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 1:52 pm 

    Cloud9, everyone is a tax payer…or don’t you think they buy anything? Sales taxes, excise taxes, fees, You cannot turn around in America without supporting the government. Besides, most of those who do not pay income tax don’t make enough to qualify. While many millions, who make millions or billions, find loopholes to pay less than you do.

    Stop blaming others for your failures. If you are not prepared, it is YOUR fault, not theirs.

  4. MrBill on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 3:22 pm 

    We are each responsible to determine what poses a significant threat and take steps to mitigate the effects.

    In the US, taxes are unavoidable unless you are the 1%. Taxes are withheld from your earnings and then you are taxed again on what is left in the form of sales tax when you buy.

  5. dsula on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 3:27 pm 

    >>> Stop blaming others for your failures.

    Very well said Billy. Please do so and stop blaming all of the worlds problem on the US.

  6. Ham on Sat, 17th Mar 2012 8:29 pm 

    Nice picture of Jupiter. Let’s try and keep our sanity before it all goes belly up!

  7. PrestonSturges on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 12:23 am 

    And yet it’s surprisingly tough to give away fruit trees, but a bit easier if I sell them.

    This tells me most people really don’t have The Fear, and that they still get emotional gratication in waste (of money or whatever).

  8. BillT on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 2:32 am 

    dsula, but most of the world’s problems are caused by the Us so why shouldn’t I point the finger at us? Our CIA has been the cause of most of the world’s problems since it was created. Revolutions, regime changes, etc. Then we have the Federal Reserve destroying the banking system by not allowing them to go broke. And the Us controlled World Bank and IMF.

    No, to deny that the Us is NOT the originator of most of the world’s problems in the last 100 years is to be blind or naive or both.

  9. PrestonSturges on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 3:19 am 

    Wow, America was worse than Hitler, Stalin, and Mao?

    USA! USA! USA!

  10. BillT on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 4:59 am 

    Preston, Mao did a lot of positive things for his people during his 26 years and what you know of him was warped by the Empire’s propaganda mill. America makes any previous dictator minor by comparison. We are still killing after more than 284 years, staring with the Indians and then the British and then…wars without end. And they are still not over. America will kill many hundreds of millions more in the years to come, if we don’t collapse first.

  11. Arthur on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 5:19 pm 

    If you read this…
    …then you know that the USA has become the new USSR, 21 years after the death of the original.

    Confirmation from circles around Ron Paul:

  12. Rick on Sun, 18th Mar 2012 8:55 pm 

    This is a pretty lame survey. They never asked about Peak Oil. They never asked about Climate Change.

    @ BillT — you are correct.

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