42% Say Humanity’s Destruction is Likely in next 100 Years

A new ScottRasmussen.com national survey shows 42% of Americans say it’s at least somewhat likely that humanity will be destroyed in the next 100 years. A total of 15% of voters say humanity’s destruction is very likely in that time period.

That’s compared to 40% of respondents who say that the end of humanity is at least somewhat unlikely. A total of 19% say it’s very unlikely.

Americans aged 18-to-34 years old are more likely than other age groups to be pessimistic about the future of humanity with 52% of them saying it’s at least somewhat likely humanity will be destroyed in the next 100 years (see crosstab results).

Older voters are the least pessimistic, with just 36% of Americans aged 65 and older saying it’s even somewhat likely humanity will end in the next 100 years.

Data released earlier showed that 37% of American adults believe there is life elsewhere in the galaxy. Eleven percent (11%) believe aliens may be living on earth today.

The issue of human extinction has recently become more than just a debate about potential outcomes, as some scientists contend the Earth would be better off without a human population.

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The national survey of 1,072 Adults was conducted December 25-26, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.0 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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