A February YouGov survey of 1,000 respondents has found that Americans aren’t confident in their abilities to survive a SHTF event.  In all, 71% of respondents believe they wouldn’t last a week in post-SHTF America.

How long could you survive during a natural disaster?

29% of respondents believed they’d be able to survive for more than a week if a disaster struck that left their community without any functioning utilities.  25% claimed they could survive for almost a week, followed by 38% who believe they could survive for a few days, and 8% who said they could survive for less than one day.

Do you have a emergency plan for natural disasters?

According to the research, nearly twice as many Republicans (35%) have a natural disaster plan as do Democrats (18%).  (Just 24% of the respondents said they had an emergency plan.)  Yet 58% of Republicans have at least considered an apocalyptic event, followed by 52% of Democrats.  A small minority of both Republicans and Democrats, 13% and 11%, respectively, admitted to having an apocalyptic survival plan.

Would you bug out or shelter in place during a SHTF event?

During an apocalyptic event, 62% of respondents said that they’d shelter in their home, while 38% said they’d seek shelter somewhere else.  If true, these statistics could mitigate the effects of Golden Horde events.

What’s the most likely SHTF event?

Nuclear war was the top response at 28% (36% for Republicans), followed by a tie with climate change and Judgment Day both at 16%.  20% of respondents said they didn’t believe a SHTF was going to happen.


For the full statistics, see the YouGov Survey in PDF (download).