Here’s a thing

it’s all about the Clowns

Chapman University did a Survey of American Fears. This is the third year. Sample size 1,511 adults from “across the United States”. The categories were provided but seem fairly broad — sufficiently to be fairly fair.

This is the result from 2016 [April]

This is 2015:

Well, lookie there… Top concern is the same: Corrupt Government Officials. Up from 58% to 60.8%. funny, that…

“Global Warming” doesn’t even make the list, coming in at 32%
Government tracking of personal data = 33%

Down at the bottom of the list are mostly “personal fears:”
Zombies — 10.2
Strangers — 9.8
Clowns — 7.8

Well, that puts an end to the stories about Creepy Clown “Incidents”. [srsly. the fear of Creepy Clowns “lurking at the edge of the woods” — in Phoenix??!? who knew Clowns were native to “woods”?!? do they have claws on those size 22 shoes to enable them to climb trees? Do they eat nuts and berries? small forrest creatures? or just Your Children??!?!?! BTNIN ]

The 2014 survey, their first pass at this, was more of a learning curve exercise. It listed the top “fears” as
“Walking alone at night
Becoming the victim of identity theft
Safety on the internet
Being the victim of a mass/random shooting
Public speaking”

They separated “fears” from “top concerns”:
“Having identity stolen on the internet
Corporate surveillance of internet activity
Running out of money in the future
Government surveillance of internet activity
Becoming ill/sick”

They clearly changed their approach for 2015, but this might be interesting to watch over time.

I gotta agree with the tip and tenth items, which are pretty similar: I’m hunting an old Navajo herbalist or Chinese grandmother to meet my “Health Kare” needs.

How do your Top Ten Fears match up to this list?

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  1. staghounds
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 7:08 am |

    Obviously a biased survey.

    It didn’t even have “Donald Trump grabbing my genitals” on it, and we know from the news that is America’s number one danger.

  2. DougM (not as deplorable as one might think)
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 10:07 am |

    What about:
    • Getting shot by a cop for no good reason
    • Conservative speaker on campus
    • The word “Trump” chalked on a sidewalk
    • Collapsing ozone layer
    • Killer bees
    • Brexit dominoes
    • Donald Trump standing right behind me intimidatingly
    • Vast right-wing conspiracy
    • Alligators in the sewers
    • The Illuminati
    • White-guy privilege
    • IRS audit
    • Getting on Hillary’s bad side once too often
    • “The big one” in LA
    • The Yellowstone super-volcano
    • Not having a date for the prom
    • Chemtrails
    • Radon

  3. DougM (not as deplorable as one might think)
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 10:33 am |

    I also noticed that they changed their “fear domains” between the surveys.
    Doesn’t look like they’ve thought this trough.

  4. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm |

    It’s interesting that 60% of the population is afraid of corrupt government yet it’s about how many people encourage and reward it by supporting those who are……….

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 15, 2016 at 12:47 pm |

    I agree; they haven’t thought it through.

    The categories are a bit sophomoric; seems to me
    “terrorist attack” is a subset of “terrorism”,
    “illness….” and “Buraqcare” go together;
    “economic…collapse” and “… “money for the future” go together.

    The root of all those that are controllable is “government corruption”.
    While they can be fearful, death and dying are part of life.

    Sadly missing is “a vanishing Constitution”, pointing to a drift away from a rule of law, which when existing, inspires the public, confident of fairness, to do things within the rules.
    If the rules constantly change at the whim of a few individuals, chaos, criminal “me first” behavior and fear follows. We’re well down that path at the moment. (see “Minitru Buraq in China” above)

    From a Man for All Seasons:
    Will Roper: “So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!”
    Sir Thomas More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”
    Will Roper: “I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”
    Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you — where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast — man’s laws, not God’s — and if you cut them down — and you’re just the man to do it — d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”

  6. Nomen Nescio
    Posted October 16, 2016 at 4:55 am |

    ^ “illness and Buraqcare go together. ”
    Scary Clowns and Corrupt Politicians, same-same.