What Are You Afraid Of?
Really, though… What are you afraid of? According to this year’s Survey of American Fears by Chapman University’s Babbie Research Center, it’s probably a corrupt government. Fear of ‘Corrupt Government Officials’ is the top fear among Americans for the second year in a row, with a nearly 25% increase over last year. According to the 10 fears of which most Americans listed as being afraid or very afraid, we’re worried about our government, healthcare, the environment, and war.
- Corrupt Government Officials 74.5
- American Healthcare Act/Trumpcare 55.3
- Pollution of Oceans, Rivers and Lakes 53.1
- Pollution of Drinking Water 50.4
- Not having enough money for the future 50.2
- High Medical Bills 48.4
- The US will be involved in another World War 48.4
- Global Warming & Climate Change 48
- North Korea using weapons 47.5
- Air Pollution 44.9
Last year, 37.1% of Americans were afraid or very afraid of identity theft, and that number rose only slightly to 41.9% this year. Considering the survey was conducted from June 28 – July 7, 2017, one might assume a much larger percentage would fear identity theft after nearly 45% of Americans potentially had their credit information exposed with the Equifax breach.
More closely on the topic of homeland security, Chapman found that Americans have “outdated, dangerous” knowledge of modern disaster preparedness. While 48% of Americans fear a nuclear strike, 70% of Americans are most familiar with the Cold War-era ‘duck and cover’ guidance. 20-25% of Americans are afraid or very afraid of a natural disaster such as hurricane, tornado, flood, or earthquake; but only 41% have a disaster plan in place. Luckily, 92% of us know to “stop, drop, and roll,” so we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.