On This International Day of Peace, Only 41% of People Believe that Peace is Possible

by Jordan Star

Today is the International Day of Peace, and let’s be honest — recent events around the world have made peace seem less and less viable. Just this week, there was a bombing in New York City which injured 29, a mall attack in Minnesota injuring 8, not to mention the countless others.

With all of the bad we see day-to-day, is there any hope for peace? Have people been over-stricken with the banality of evil, or have people kept hope for a peaceful world?

Only 41% of people believe in Peace on International Day of Peace

As you may have guessed, most people we asked do not believe that peace is possible, and it’s hard to blame them. But on this day where the world is supposed to celebrate the idea and promise of peace, what hope can we find?

Maybe it could be this.

We found that people under 18, followed by those 18–24, are most likely to answer “I don’t know.”

People Under 18, and Millennials, are less likely to believe that peace cannot happen.

I could be reaching, but I find this promising. These younger people seem to have not experienced enough to concretely believe one way or another in regards to peace. At the risk of sounding overly-naïve, maybe we can make it possible for these younger people to believe in peace by simpy telling them it’s possible. To have peace, after all, people have to believe in it.

Originally published at CivicScience.

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