With tsunamis, earthquakes and financial concerns dominating the headlines over the past year, National Geographic Channel partnered with Kelton Research to conduct a survey gauging Americans’ preparedness levels and mind-set related to a potential “Doomsday” scenario.
With the premiere of Doomsday Preppers tonight at 9 p.m., it seemed like an appropriate time to share the results. The new show focuses on Americans with an unshakable certainty that America will soon face tougher times – when grocery stores are empty, water is in short supply and electricity is unavailable – and are stockpiling for survival. So what about the rest of the population? How prepped are the masses? And, are they even thinking about an impending disaster?
The results are in, and here 10 key takeaways:
- 85 percent of the nation is not ready for a devastating event.
- More than 62 percent of Americans think the world will experience a major catastrophe in less than 20 years.
- Nearly three out of every four people (71%) envision a major disaster in their lifetime as an act of God, not man.
- One-third (27%) believe that the Mayan calendar’s prediction about a calamitous event in December 2012 will be at least “somewhat true.”
- More than half of the nation (52%) believes that if Mitt Romney or one of his Republican counterparts overtake Barack Obama, a man-made catastrophe is more likely.
- Among those who feel unprepared, 40 percent cite the lasting effects of the recession as the reason for their unpreparedness.
- The same number (40%) is saying “to hell with a 401(k)” to save money for catastrophe arrangements.
- Nearly half (49%) of Americans would forgo new high-end appliances in a new home if it had a safe room or bomb shelter instead.
- If doomsday were to arrive, nearly four in 10 (39%) think they would not last two weeks based on the supplies they have on hand.
- One in four Americans have done nothing to prepare.
Do you agree with the study? Fall into any of these categories? If these results convey the attitude of the majority, and disaster is as imminent as most seem to believe, then it seems as though we might want to start thinking about ways in which we can prepare for such disasters.
Curious for more? Check out the expanded survey results.