A new Pew Research Center poll finds nearly four in ten Americans believe we are currently
living in the “end times” prophesied in the Bible, with Christians almost evenly split.
Pew finds 39 percent of Americans overall believe “we are living in the end times” told in the
Forty-seven percent of Christians agreed, with forty-nine percent saying they do not believe we
are in the end times, an almost perfect split.
But Pew found wide variance among different protestant Christian denominations.
Among evangelical Christians, which Pew generally defined as Baptist, Pentecostal and similar
denominations, 63 percent believed we are now in the end times while only 33 percent disagreed.
But among “mainline” Christians, which Pew generally defined as Episcopalian and similar
denominations, the finds were reversed. Only 31 percent agreed and 65 percent disagreed.
Pew also found 76 percent of historically black protestant Christians believe we are in the end
Only 27 percent of Catholics agreed.
Pew also found a wide range of beliefs within Christianity over whether Christ will return to
Earth, which is explicitly stated in the Bible.
Among all Christians, only 75 percent believe Christ will return, while 20 percent of self-
proclaimed Christians believe Christ will not return.
While 92 percent of evangelical Christians and 86 percent of “historically black” Christians
believe Christ will return, only 64 percent of “mainline” Christians and 63 percent of Catholics
The poll found of the 55 percent of Americans overall who believe Christ exists and will return
to Earth, “one-in-ten Americans say they believe the second coming of Jesus will definitely or
probably occur during their lifetime, 27% are not sure if Jesus will return in their lifetime, and
19% say the return of Jesus will definitely or probably not occur during their lifetime.”