Americans, like the countries of the world, are afraid of many things- and like many emotional reactions, they aren’t always logical. Last year, one survey suggested that more Americans are afraid of clowns than they are of terrorist attacks, economic collapse, biological warfare, climate change issues, and even death itself.
This was just a single survey, though, and according to Chapman University’s fourth annual Survey of American Fears, the corruption of government officials is still the thing that people panic the most in the Home of the Brave.
This builds it the third year running that it tops the list, and- based on the news cycle in 2017- the first time it’s probably dead on the money.
The team asked 1,207 adults from a range of demographics what they are most afraid of in their daily lives, with 80 different book-shaking fears to choose from across four different categories: personal fears, natural disasters, paranormal dreads, and the fear of extremism.
Here’s the top 10 list, for which respondents said they were “afraid” or “very afraid” of 😛 TAGEND
1 – Corruption of government officials ( same top fear as 2015 and 2016)- 74 percent
2 – American Healthcare Act/ Trumpcare ( New entry for 2017)- 55 percent
3 – Pollution of oceans, rivers, and reservoirs ( New in top 10)- 53 percent
4 – Pollution of drinking water ( New in top 10)- 50 percent
5 – Not having enough fund in the future – 50 percent
6 – High medical bills – 48 percent
7 – The US will be involved in another world war ( New entry for 2017)- 48 percent
8 – Global warming and climate change – 48 percent
9 – North Korea employing weapons ( New entry for 2017)- 48 percentage
10 – Air pollution – 45 percent
Last year’s top 10 listing was quite different, with terrorist attacks, “people I desire dying, ” and government restrictions on firearms all featuring.
Clearly, the new enterings are directly related to the Trump administration’s behavior. Whether it’s nuclear war, direct threats to healthcare, or environmental degradation, the regressive hands of Trump < em> et al loom large. One trend in particular, however, stands out from the rest.
“The 2017 survey data shows us that while some of the top panics have remained, there has also been a pronounced change to environmental fears, ” produce researcher Christopher Bader, professor of sociology at Chapman University, said in a statement.
The team also highlights that plenty of Americans ecologically-focused panics can be traced to the reversal of the mitigation work carried out by the Obama administration.
For what it’s worth, in 2017, Americans were least afraid of buffoons, blood, zombies, phantoms, and animals like puppies, cats and rats. The reality that five per cent of Americans are afraid of zombies, though, does attain you wonder. You can read the full listing here.