The following is quoted entirely from these two pages:
We asked people if they agreed with the following statement:
Events such as the rebirth of the State of Israel, wars and instability in the Middle East, recent earthquakes, and the tsunami in Asia are evidence that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days.
Remarkably, more than four out of ten Americans (42 percent) said they agreed. And common stereotypes notwithstanding, it was not just white Anglo-Saxon Protestants or rural, Bible Belt, southern men who said they agreed.
• One in three Jews believe we are living in the last days.
• One in three New Englanders believe we are living in the last days.
• One in three Americans on the “Left Coast” believe we are living in the last days.
• Four in ten Democrats believe we are in the last days.
• Four in ten Catholics believe we are in the last days.
• Half of all Republicans believe we are in the last days.
• Half of all women believe we are in the last days.
• Nearly half of all senior citizens believe we are in the last days.
• Nearly six in ten young people age eighteen to twenty-five believe we are in the last days.
• And a whopping 75 percent of African-Americans believe we are in the last days.
The numbers were even more surprising when we narrowed the question.
The rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948 and the return of millions of Jews to the Holy Land after centuries in exile represent the fulfillment of biblical prophecies.
This time, a remarkable 52 percent of all Americans said they agreed. Only 22 percent said they disagreed, while 26 percent either did not know or chose not to answer the question. And again, belief was not limited to the “usual suspects.”
• Seven out of ten self-described evangelical Christians believe Israel is a prophecy that has come true before our very eyes, as would be expected. But so do half of all Catholics (52 percent) and nearly six in ten American Jews (57 percent).
• Two out of three conservative Republicans believe modern Israel is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, but so do nearly half of self-described liberal Democrats (44 percent).
• Six in ten Southerners agree, but so do nearly half of all New Englanders (47 percent) and half of all Americans from the “Left Coast” (48 percent).
• Half of white Americans agree, but so do nearly half of all Hispanics (46 percent) and fully six in ten African-Americans.