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Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20.

Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would mean more than 630,000 inauguration attendees from Atlanta alone -- more than the current population of the District.

If the same percentage were to hold true across the country, that would put inauguration attendance at a mere 36.6 million.

The inaugural committee has distributed 240,000 official tickets to the swearing-in ceremony. As of August of 2008, Metro's highest ridership day of the year saw 846,388 trips taken.

The full results of this terrifying survey are available from Survey USA. washingtonpost.com recommends readers lock their doors and hide under their blankets before perusing them.

Trade end-of-days survival tactics with other readers in the comments.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 5, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  | Category:  Security , Swearing-in Ceremony , Tickets , Transportation
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Crush it, stomp it and grind it into the ground, I hope.
DC's a sewer, managed by chunks of filth for chunks of filth.

Posted by: LiberalismEquals911 | December 5, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I am not shocked by these numbers and was wondering why there has not been more effort put into discouraging this. I have briefly heard ideas of opening up any large stadium with Jumbo-trons across the country, any theaters with the capability to connect directly to the inauguration scenes preferably with multiple views, even churches with large screens. If something isn't done in a systematic way, I fear there could be a tragic crush.

Posted by: LeeTaylorEMT | December 7, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Crush it, stomp it and grind it into the ground, I hope.
DC's a sewer, managed by chunks of filth for chunks of filth.
Posted by: LiberalismEquals91
You must be an extraordinarly unhappy, and sad person. It must be extremely difficult for you to live with yourself. May God bless you.

Posted by: Obamaforprez | December 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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