06 Nov This is what Americans fear most in 2017 (it’s not zombies)
What are you afraid of? Spiders? Heights? Clowns? Researchers at Chapman University in Orange, California, released the results of the 2017 Survey on American Fears to show what scares Americans the most. It turns out US citizens are worried about everything from money issues to climate change.
The fear list, released on Wednesday, comes from a poll of a random sample of 1,207 US adults. The wide-ranging survey asked about fears around sharks, terrorism, pollution, zombies, government corruption, strangers and a host of other potentially scare-inducing topics. The rankings come from figuring the percentage of respondents who say they are “afraid” or “very afraid” of a particular item.
The study’s top fear for 2017 is “corruption of government officials,” with 74.5 percent of those polled expressing their fear of it. This same fear topped the 2015 and 2016 surveys. It leads by a good margin over the runner-up, which is “American Healthcare Act/Trumpcare” with 55.3 percent. Next in line are “pollution of oceans, river and lakes,” “pollution of drinking water” and “not having enough money for the future.”