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What Americans Fear The Most

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Four time Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards served 8 years in prison for racketeering & extortion

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Americans fear "corrupt government officials" more than death, illness and identify theft. 

If you were asked "what's your greatest fear," what would come to mind? Chapman University asked 1,511 American adults to assess their fears in an April 2016 survey. The most common answer? Not death, crime or even nuclear war, but corrupt government officials

This response warrants many questions, and the timing of the April 2016 survey reflects the state of the country before the presidential election in November. A "political outsider" Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, who boasts an impressive resume of public service experience. Case and point, years of political experience wasn't a postive for many voters.

While "corruption of government officials" takes the top spot, the survey found that there were "11 major domains of fear" based on survey results. 

America's most common types of fear:

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

Right behind the fear of "corrupt government officials" is "terrorist attacks," despite the actuality that terrorism poses a significantly small threat to Americans. The likelihood of being a terrorist victim is approximately 1 in 45,808, according to a study conducted by the Cato Institute. 

American's top 10 fears:

  1. Corrupt government officials
  2. Terrorist Attack
  3. Not having enough money for the future
  4. Terrorism
  5. Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition
  6. People I love dying
  7. Economic/financial collapse
  8. Identity theft
  9. People I love becoming seriously ill
  10. The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare
 
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