New Data Reveals Doomsday Worries of Americans, and Where You Are Likeliest to Survive


Welcome to this week’s installment of The Intelligence Brief… the results of a recent survey are in, and they are casting a bleak picture of American attitudes when it comes to potential doomsday scenarios for the immediate future. In our analysis, we’ll be looking at 1) why Americans have doomsday on their minds, 2) what the percentages indicate, 3) why doomsday thinking has become a bipartisan issue, and 4) the safest states to reside if you’re one of the millions of worried Americans right now.

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With all the housekeeping out of the way, it’s time to take a look at why so many Americans are concerned right now about doomsday… and where the safest places are to go in the event of an apocalyptic event.

Americans Have Doomsday on Their Minds

Americans appear to have very little faith in the country’s leadership, according to a recent survey that found most people don’t think they could be saved from a doomsday event if one were to occur.

The somber findings were the results of a survey conducted by, a site described as a “user-driven and independent casino review portal.” Despite the site’s narrow focus, its survey offers some interesting glimpses at where Americans’ minds are currently in terms of 21st-century existential concerns.

Fundamentally, the recent survey reports that 71.2 percent of Americans have no faith in the capabilities of the U.S. government to protect against an end-of-the-world event such as a nuclear war or other potential threat that could severely impact life on Earth.


The survey’s results come amidst controversies among American leadership that include the recent ousting of the Speaker of the House, a worsening American economy, and other uncertainties in advance of what is likely to be a contentious 2024 election year.

Such worries, paired with the ongoing tensions resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and issues occurring elsewhere around the world, provide a rather bleak forecast in terms of people’s outlook on what the future may hold, with many raising concerns that a potential doomsday scenario might occur far sooner than many would hope or expect.

Disaster by Numbers

According to the recent survey, well over half of Americans (55.8%) are worried about climate change, expressing that some form of natural disaster could spell doom not just for the U.S. but people around the world.

Although smaller in number, a significant percentage of those surveyed—close to a third—say they are worried about the potential that another virus similar to the coronavirus that swept the world beginning in late 2019 could emerge.

An even smaller percentage, close to a quarter of those surveyed, expressed concerns that the Western nations may enter a third world war with countries like China and Russia, while seven percent of respondents said that earthly concerns aren’t at the top of their list, but instead worry that recent data being collected about unidentified anomalous phenomena, or UAP, could point to a pending invasion by extraterrestrials.

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Screenshot of an unreconciled UAP captured with electro-optical sensors aboard an MQ-9 Reaper, shown during a Senate hearing in April 2023 (DOD/AARO).

Fortunately, the DoD’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office maintains its position that there is no concrete evidence linking UAP sightings to extraterrestrial technologies, despite recent whistleblower assertions that allege Earth has been host to visits from non-human intelligence, claims which became the focus of an Intelligence Community Inspector General investigation first reported by The Debrief in June.

Equal in number to Americans worried about alien invasion are those who worry about a zombie apocalypse, mirroring themes that have remained prevalent in science fiction portrayals like The Last of Us and The Walking Dead.

Bipartisan Agreement on Lack of Trust

Arguably, among the most telling findings in the recent survey had been that more than four out of five respondents (82%) in Arizona, a swing state, conveyed a fundamental lack of trust for the American government. More than half that number of Arizonans say they have stockpiled supplies in preparation for the onset of any potential disaster.

Other states displaying the lowest amount of faith in the U.S. government saw close ties between Alabama and Kansas at 78%, followed by Pennsylvania (77%) and Oregon (76%).

Factors cited by respondents as having influenced their attitudes include information they view on the news, as well as social media, popular films, and general concerns about family life. It also seems that Americans participating in the survey aren’t the only ones whose concerns are revealing uncertainty about our future.

Where to Live If You Want to Survive Doomsday

Of all the American states where respondents expressed confidence about their survival abilities, 64.86 of Nebraskans said they believed they could withstand the challenges presented by a doomsday scenario.

51.35% of respondents in Nebraska also said they have already begun preparations for a doomsday scenario. Other states with high numbers of residents who say they are preparing for potential future dangers are New Mexico and Montana, while states like Idaho and Oklahoma seemed to display less concern, with fewer than 30% of respondents engaging in such preparations.


Whether or not the concerns Americans are expressing are entirely warranted or not remains somewhat in question, although the new data does provide a glimpse at the bipartisan nature of people’s worries… in the event that disaster were to really unfold, the recent survey’s results might also point to what regions throughout the U.S. will be the best place to hunker down and take shelter.

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