Why do people want to know the future?
Posted On July 20, 2021
It’s hard to say for certain why people want answers.
But it’s certainly clear from a survey released Tuesday that they’re more interested in understanding their future than they are in being told what to do with their lives.
The American Community Survey found that people are more interested than ever in getting answers to some questions about their lives, from whether they’re married to whether they plan to have children to what to expect in the future.
A year ago, a Pew Research Center survey found that roughly half of Americans surveyed said they were very or somewhat interested in learning about the future, up from 44% last year.
And this year, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) both released their own surveys on the topic.
While the surveys are based on the same samples, they are asking more detailed questions and asking people to rate their interest in the futures of the future rather than just looking at their current lives.
“The more you can get people to ask more specific questions about the past, the better you can anticipate and prepare for the future,” said Farhan Haq, who heads CAIR’s national office.
The new data also suggests that there’s an emerging sense that we can’t predict the future and that we should, in fact, be prepared for it.
“We can’t say it’s going to be perfect and it will be perfect for everyone,” Haq said.
“But we can say that we need to be prepared and that the future is going to happen.”
More than half of the 1,000 respondents surveyed said that they have a positive or neutral view of Islam, and a third said they had a “very favorable” or “very unfavorable” view.
The survey was conducted by the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, with the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and other groups.
More than 2,200 respondents were surveyed in each state.
The results come as a series of high-profile shootings have sparked protests over the deaths of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and police officers killed by black suspects in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Some are calling for a national boycott of companies and retailers selling products from the companies and stores implicated in these incidents.
And in an effort to stem a rise in violent protests, President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a bill that makes it easier for the government to detain immigrants and deport those deemed to be in the country illegally.
The White House has said it plans to use the bill to help with the deportations of criminal illegal immigrants, but has not specified how.
CAIR and other civil rights groups have argued that such a measure would undermine the civil rights of immigrants who have been victims of crime, and that it could also be used to deport people who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and who have committed no crime.