When "Many in Poll Expected Jesus' Return" Means Most Actually Didn't
Many in Poll Expected Jesus’ Return by 2050
That’s the headline offered today by the Christian Broadcasting Network. You’ll have to look at the little words below the headline to notice that the poll was actually carried out three years ago. And despite the CBN’s declaration that “future hope remains strong,” a quick look at the actual poll of 1,547 Americans inspiring the Christian Broadcasting Network’s news story reveals a few facts that the CBN didn’t bother to reveal:
- Only 41% of respondents indicated that they “probably” or “definitely” believe that Jesus Christ will return to Earth by 2050.
- Only 20% of respondents not affiliated with a Protestant Christian or Catholic Christian Church said they “probably” or “definitely” thought Jesus Christ would return to Earth by 2050.
- Even among Christians, a 57% majority of Catholics said they didn’t really think Jesus Christ would stage a return by 2050.
- 13% of surveyed Americans said they did not know whether that was true, and 46% of Americans said they believed that Jesus Christ “probably” or “definitely” would not return to Earth by 2050. This puts religious skeptics in a 59% majority, even back in 2010.
- Among people who completed a college education, the percentage of skeptics rises to 81%.
That sort of information about American disbelief doesn’t attract eyeballs on the Good Friday before Easter Sunday; it’s the truth nonetheless.