POLL: Americans Don't Fear Mass Shootings As Much As They Fear Gun Control

What are the Top Ten Fears?

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Chapman University recently released a survey of Americans’ fears.  It’s an interesting look inside the mind of many Americans, especially when you consider how many people vote based not on their hopes, but their fears.

From the Chapman University website:

Each fear question asks Americans to rate their level of fear on a scale ranging from 1 (not afraid) to 4 (very afraid). The average score for each domain of fear provides insight into what types of fear are of greatest concern to Americans in 2015.

On average, Americans expressed the highest levels of fear about man-made disasters, such as terrorist attacks, followed by fears about technology, including corporate and government tracing of personal data and fears about the government (such as government corruption and ObamaCare). The complete, ranked list of Domains of Fear follows:

Domain of Fear Average Fear Score (out of 4)
Man-Made Disasters 2.15
Technology 2.07
Government 2.06
Environment 1.97
Personal Future 1.95
Natural Disasters 1.95
Crime 1.72
Personal Anxieties 1.63
Daily Life 1.51
Judgment of Others 1.31

The good people at Chapman then broke it down even further into specific events, and that’s were things got interesting.  In fact, most Americans found government corruption to be the biggest fear with 58 percent responding that they were afraid or very afraid.

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Photo courtesy of Chapman University

Even more interesting considering current discussions about guns, 36.5 percent were afraid of gun control compared to just 16.4 percent afraid of mass shootings.  Even loneliness (22 percent) beat out mass shootings.

Global warming, a topic of near constant debate in Washington only noted 30.7 percent of respondents being afraid or very afraid.  That’s just a slight bit lower than reptiles, who weigh it at 33 percent.

However, the survey–just in time for Halloween–also revealed the number of Americans who are terrified of things like ghosts (9.7 percent), zombies (8.5 percent), and clowns (6.8 percent).

Not on the list was “spiders,” probably because the researchers said, “Duh!  Who isn’t?”

By looking at what people are afraid of, we can get a glimpse into how they’re likely to vote.  It looks like they want a honest candidate they can trust who will protect their civil liberties while being tough and effective against terrorism.


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