Americans’ Deepest Fears
For the past four years, Chapman University in Orange, California has assembled a list of what Americans fear most. At the top of this year’s list is corruption of government officials, named by 74.5 percent of the respondents, but for the first time, environmental concerns made the top ten. Some 53.1 percent of the 1,207 adults polled nationwide said they feared pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes, while 50.4 percent feared pollution of drinking water and 44 percent listed air pollution. In addition, 48 percent of those polled listed climate change. Personal fears included not having enough money for the future, which ranked fifth, and accruing high medical bills, which ranked sixth, while government action on health care options ranked second. Also new to the list: the United States becoming involved in a new world war and fear that the North Koreans will use nuclear weapons.
Christopher Bader et al, “The Chapman University Survey on American Fears 2017”, Chapman University, October 11, 2017, blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2017/10/11/americas-top-fears-2017/
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