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Survey: American's biggest fear = Corrupt Government Officials


America’s Top Fears 2016

Chapman University Survey of American Fears


https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/...op-fears-2016/

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) provides an unprecedented look into the fears of average Americans. In April of 2016, a random sample of 1,511 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about 79 different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

Domains of Fear

There were 11 major “domains” of fear addressed by the survey, including:

Fear Domain Types of Questions Included

Crime Murder, rape, theft, burglary, fraud, identity theft
Economic Not having enough money for the future, becoming unemployed, etc.
Environment Global warming, overpopulation, pollution
Government Government corruption, Obamacare, drones, gun control, etc.
Illness and Death High medical bills, becoming ill, dying
Immigration/Demographic Changes Illegal immigration, whites no longer being majority in US
Man-Made Disasters Bio-warfare, terrorism, nuclear attacks
Natural Disasters Earthquakes, droughts, floods, hurricanes
Personal Fears Tight spaces, public speaking, clowns, vaccines
Relationships Significant other cheating, others talking about you behind your back
Technology Artificial intelligence, robots, cyber-terrorism

Top 10 Fears of 2016

Below is a list of the 10 fears for which the highest percentage of Americans reported being “Afraid,” or “Very Afraid.”

Fear Fear Domain % Afraid or Very Afraid

Corrupt government officials Government 60.6
Terrorist Attack Manmade Disasters 41
Not having enough money for the future Economic 39.9
Terrorism Crime 38.5
Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition Government 38.5
People I love dying Illness and Death 38.1
Economic/financial collapse Economic 37.5
Identity theft Crime 37.1
People I love becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 35.9
The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare Government 35.5

The Complete List of Fears, 2016

The following is a complete, list of all of the fears addressed by the Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016), including the percent of Americans who reported being afraid or very afraid.

Sorted by Percent Afraid/Very Afraid

Fear Fear Domain % Afraid or Very Afraid

Corrupt government officials Government 60.6
Terrorist Attack Manmade Disasters 41
Not having enough money for the future Economic 39.9
Terrorism Crime 38.5
Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition Government 38.5
People I love dying Illness and Death 38.1
Economic/financial collapse Economic 37.5
Identity theft Crime 37.1
People I love becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 35.9
The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare Government 35.5
Credit card fraud Crime 35.5
Biological warfare Manmade Disasters 34.8
Reptiles Personal Fears 33.2
Government tracking of personal data Technology 33.1
High medical bills Illness and Death 33.1
The US will be involved in another World War Manmade Disasters 32.3
Global warming and climate change Environment 32.3
Nuclear weapons attack Manmade Disasters 31.5
Cyber-terrorism Technology 30.7
Being hit by a drunk driver Crime 30.4
Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes Environment 30
Devastating tornado Natural Disasters 29.7
Pandemic or a major epidemic Manmade Disasters 29.3
Corporate tracking of personal data Technology 28.7
Extinction of plant and animal species Environment 27.9
Pollution of drinking water Environment 27.9
Break-ins Crime 27.6
Widespread civil unrest Manmade Disasters 27.6
Nuclear accident/meltdown Manmade Disasters 27.5
Random/mass shooting Crime 26.9
Oil spills Environment 26.8
Collapse of the electrical grid Manmade Disasters 26.2
Public speaking Personal Fears 25.9
Theft of property Crime 25.5
Losing my data, photos or other important documents in a disaster Natural Disasters 25.2
Insects/arachnids Personal Fears 25
Becoming unemployed Economic 24.6
Heights Personal Fears 24.5
Devastating drought Natural Disasters 23.9
Illegal immigration Immigration/Demographic change 23.8
Devastating hurricane Natural Disasters 23.3
Devastating earthquake Natural Disasters 22.7
Devastating flood Natural Disasters 22.2
Murder by a stranger Crime 21.9
Devastating blizzard/winter storm Natural Disasters 21.8
Government use of drones within the US Government 21.7
Financial fraud (such as a Ponzi scheme, embezzlement, etc.) Crime 21.5
Sexual assault by a stranger Crime 21.5
Mugging Crime 21.3
Gang violence Crime 21.1
Walking alone at night Crime 21.1
Deep lakes and oceans Personal Fears 20.8
Air Pollution Environment 20.7
Becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 20.3
Racial/hate crime Crime 19.9
Police brutality Crime 19.6
Abduction/kidnapping Crime 19.5
Becoming the victim of a violent crime Crime 19.4
Dying Illness and Death 19
Becoming the victim of a property crime Crime 18.6
Sexual assault by someone you know Crime 18.1
Whites no longer being the majority in the US Immigration/Demographic change 17.9
Murder by someone you know Crime 17.5
Stalking Crime 17.4
Small enclosed spaces Personal Fears 16.8
Needles Personal Fears 16.7
Computers replacing people in the workforce Technology 16.6
Technology I don’t understand Technology 15.7
Large volcanic eruption Natural Disasters 15
Germs Personal Fears 14.9
Flying Personal Fears 12.1
Blood Personal Fears 11.7
Animals (dogs, rats, etc). Personal Fears 10.9
Significant other cheating on you Relationships 10.2
Zombies Personal Fears 10.2
Strangers Personal Fears 9.8
Ghosts Personal Fears 8.9
Clowns Personal Fears 7.8
Others talking about you behind your back Relationships 6.8

Sorted Alphabetically

Fear Fear Domain % Afraid or Very Afraid

Abduction/kidnapping Crime 19.5
Air Pollution Environment 20.7
Animals (dogs, rats, etc). Personal Fears 10.9
Becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 20.3
Becoming the victim of a property crime Crime 18.6
Becoming the victim of a violent crime Crime 19.4
Becoming unemployed Economic 24.6
Being hit by a drunk driver Crime 30.4
Biological warfare Manmade Disasters 34.8
Blood Personal Fears 11.7
Break-ins Crime 27.6
Clowns Personal Fears 7.8
Collapse of the electrical grid Manmade Disasters 26.2
Computers replacing people in the workforce Technology 16.6
Corporate tracking of personal data Technology 28.7
Corrupt government officials Government 60.6
Credit card fraud Crime 35.5
Cyber-terrorism Technology 30.7
Deep lakes and oceans Personal Fears 20.8
Devastating blizzard/winter storm Natural Disasters 21.8
Devastating drought Natural Disasters 23.9
Devastating earthquake Natural Disasters 22.7
Devastating flood Natural Disasters 22.2
Devastating hurricane Natural Disasters 23.3
Devastating tornado Natural Disasters 29.7
Dying Illness and Death 19
Economic/financial collapse Economic 37.5
Extinction of plant and animal species Environment 27.9
Financial fraud (such as a Ponzi scheme, embezzlement, etc.) Crime 21.5
Flying Personal Fears 12.1
Gang violence Crime 21.1
Germs Personal Fears 14.9
Ghosts Personal Fears 8.9
Global warming and climate change Environment 32.3
Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition Government 38.5
Government tracking of personal data Technology 33.1
Government use of drones within the US Government 21.7
Heights Personal Fears 24.5
High medical bills Illness and Death 33.1
Identity theft Crime 37.1
Illegal immigration Immigration/Demographic change 23.8
Insects/arachnids Personal Fears 25
Large volcanic eruption Natural Disasters 15
Losing my data, photos or other important documents in a disaster Natural Disasters 25.2
Mugging Crime 21.3
Murder by a stranger Crime 21.9
Murder by someone you know Crime 17.5
Needles Personal Fears 16.7
Not having enough money for the future Economic 39.9
Nuclear accident/meltdown Manmade Disasters 27.5
Nuclear weapons attack Manmade Disasters 31.5
Oil spills Environment 26.8
Others talking about you behind your back Relationships 6.8
Pandemic or a major epidemic Manmade Disasters 29.3
People I love becoming seriously ill Illness and Death 35.9
People I love dying Illness and Death 38.1
Police brutality Crime 19.6
Pollution of drinking water Environment 27.9
Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes Environment 30
Public speaking Personal Fears 25.9
Racial/hate crime Crime 19.9
Random/mass shooting Crime 26.9
Reptiles Personal Fears 33.2
Sexual assault by a stranger Crime 21.5
Sexual assault by someone you know Crime 18.1
Significant other cheating on you Relationships 10.2
Small enclosed spaces Personal Fears 16.8
Stalking Crime 17.4
Strangers Personal Fears 9.8
Technology I don’t understand Technology 15.7
Terrorism Crime 38.5
Terrorist Attack Manmade Disasters 41
The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare Government 35.5
The US will be involved in another World War Manmade Disasters 32.3
Theft of property Crime 25.5
Walking alone at night Crime 21.1
Whites no longer being the majority in the US Immigration/Demographic change 17.9
Widespread civil unrest Manmade Disasters 27.6
Zombies Personal Fears 10.2
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Americans More Scared of Clowns than Climate Change

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016...limate-change/

Americans are more scared of clowns than they are of climate change.

According to a poll conducted by Chapman University, 42 per cent of Americans are afraid of clowns, whereas only 32 per cent are afraid of climate change.

They’re also more scared of terrorist attacks (41 per cent), gun rights infringement (38 per cent), family members dying (38 per cent), economic collapse (37 per cent), Obamacare (36 per cent), and biological warfare (35 per cent).

If you believe Vox’s snarky coverage, this is evidence that the American public is very stupid.

We get it: Clowns are creepy. Especially when lingering in empty parking lots at 3:30 in the morning, holding black balloons. But are they scarier than real threats, like climate change, economic hardship, or the death of loved ones?

According to Americans, yes. Yes, they are.


I’d disagree. The results of the poll suggests that Americans have a generally sensible perspective on what constitutes a genuine threat to their wellbeing – top of the list, even higher than a terrorist attack, is corrupt government (61 per cent).

Also, it accords well with a far more important global survey – so important it deserves a separate article which you can read here – showing just how low a priority climate change is for most people in the world.

Essentially climate change has become a luxury problem which only liberals in rich countries can afford to worry about. For everyone else, there are many, many more pressing concerns…
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Americans are more scared of clowns than they are of climate change.
While likely the case, this is far from endearing of Americans. You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.
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That's from a Christian "university," so it's not honest. Here's what else they found:

The government is concealing what they know about… Percent Agree or Strongly Agree
The 9/11 attacks 54.3%
The JFK assassination 49.6%
Alien encounters 42.6%
Global warming 42.1%
Plans for a one world government 32.9%
Obama’s birth certificate 30.2%
The origin of the AIDs virus 30.1%
The death of supreme court justice Antonin Scalia 27.8%
The moon landing 24.2%

I'm guessing they only surveyed religious conservatives.
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And so an orange demagogue was born.
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Well Trump is such an honest man. He is not the kind to abuse power. Surely, he can clean up American politics.

LOL, can you imagine someone believing that? The guy who created Trump University, the guy who is under countless investigations, a guy who avoids paying taxes at all costs is going to save us from corruption.

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Well Trump is such an honest man. He is not the kind to abuse power. Surely, he can clean up American politics.

LOL, can you imagine someone believing that? The guy who created Trump University, the guy who is under countless investigations, a guy who avoids paying taxes at all costs is going to save us from corruption.
Exactly.

If Hillary is crooked, Trump is the exact time of guy who buys people like Hillary off.

You fear Government corruption so you put a shady businessman in charge. Isn't that like saying you fear teachers abuse kids so you leave them with a pedophile.

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Well Trump is such an honest man. He is not the kind to abuse power. Surely, he can clean up American politics.
Surely.

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I think this might be a bit misleading, they didn't ask people how likely they thought the options were, or how much danger they posed. They just asked how 'afraid' people were.

eg. dying of natural causes is something that's very likely to happen to me, being stabbed to death by a drunken clown is way less likely - but it'd be way more scary if it *did* happen

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Between left and right, it's not even close. Leftists win.
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Well Trump is such an honest man. He is not the kind to abuse power. Surely, he can clean up American politics.

LOL, can you imagine someone believing that? The guy who created Trump University, the guy who is under countless investigations, a guy who avoids paying taxes at all costs is going to save us from corruption.
LOL, you always seem to be able to find an excuse for Crooked Hillary's actions though huh. Under investigation by none other than the FBI...except, she had Crooked Comey on her side.

Can you imagine someone believing what you do? If there's no motive or intent, there's no crime...well, if it's a democrat, yes, but if a republican, that doesn't apply.

Telling Americans in 2010 to be on guard against cyber attacks...then getting classified email outside the government system...and I guess the IT department of the government didn't know that was happening either...right....my swampland in Florida is for sale if anyone's interested.
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After what happened with the Department of Justice with Stedman, I mean Eric Holder, and then Loretta Lynch....

......then the FBI with James Comey, one can't help but think that Obama and Bill had some pull to keep Hillary going.

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