The Pulse of What America Is Thinking

A couple days ago, I mentioned that 46% of Americans felt that Facebook is a fad.

I love statistics, even if I think 37% of them are made up.

But I thought that you might enjoy some other recent statistics.  See if you line up with the American public:

58% of Americans think the economy will be fine by this time next year?  (I doubt it… although I think it may be more stable after the election… it usually is).

22% of Americans are positive the end of the world will occur in their lifetime.  (My Baptist upbringing tells me that I should expect Jesus’ return at any moment… and I do.  I remember that question being asked in a church I attended years ago, and the consensus was that Jesus wouldn’t come back for another 50+ years.  That thought was foreign to me.  Hell is hot and time is short.  I hope in many ways it ends soon, but I’m also loving life and family).

16.6% of American think President Obama is a Muslim.  (I’m not quite sure what the President is and isn’t, but I doubt he’s Muslim.)

32% of Americans think scientists are unsure if global warming is real.  (I think it’s funny that you don’t hear much about evil global warming any more.  Like Facebook, I think it was more fad).

28% of Americans think gay marriage should be illegal.  (I don’t really have a dog in that fight.  I’m married to a woman and plan to keep it that way.  I do think that it’s just a matter of time before the acceptance of gay marriage is the norm.)

21% of Americans think that the internet should be regulated by the FCC.  (I’m guessing that these are the same people that believe the president is Muslim).

So… what do you think on these issues?  Are you in line with the American public?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.



  • Leonard May 17, 2012 Reply

    I do not think the economy will be fixed for some time
    I do not want Jesus to come back – too many people still need him.
    I do not care about the presidents faith.
    Global Warming is a campaign issue not a real issue
    Gay Marriage – the church screwed up the whole issue of homosexuality, so this is no surprise.
    No on internet regulation

  • Jerry May 17, 2012 Reply

    Tell me more about “not having a dog in that fight” regarding gay marriage. Are you saying that you don’t care, or it’s not worth fighting about or fighting for/against? Thanks.

  • Pat May 17, 2012 Reply

    I do not doubt the President’s Christian faith, just as I have not doubted the faith practiced by any of the Presidents that preceded him. Someone may not practice their faith in quite the same way that I do or adhere to all the same beliefs on various issues, but for me, that does not make them a non-Christian.

  • Peter May 17, 2012 Reply

    I love your thought that gay marriage don’t effect our relationships because we are not in them. But does this do away from the fact that they are not right?( my opinion) How many other wrongs have become rights because they become norms of judgement?
    The end of the world or rapture what I think should be considered to be a probability in each of our lifetimes as it creates awerness that it is inevitable.

  • Eric Nordhoff May 18, 2012 Reply

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  • Peter May 20, 2012 Reply

    Flame me, but I’m very sympathetic with those who think the internet should be regulated by the FCC. There’s some nasty stuff that finds its way to kids…

    That said, I think that’s physically impossible.

    None of those statistics surprise me. I think the growing acceptance of gay marriage will have a silver lining btw… but I’m only 47% sure of that.

    “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.” –Homer Simpson

  • John May 25, 2012 Reply

    A statitistic I would assume true about one of the statistics you listed…

    ….that close to 100% of the 16.6% who believe Obama is Muslim likely follow Fox News almost exclusively, consider themselves Tea Partiers, routinely forward anti-Obama emails, call themselves evangelical Christians, and wave the Ten Commandments Banner (except for the one about ‘bearing false witness’…)

    There. I said it.

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