It became known what they fear most Americans
This year, the leading position was taken by the corruption and the possible implications of healthcare reform for the American Health Care Act.
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Scientists from Chapman University annually conduct a survey to identify the main fears of the U.S. population, reports Rus.Media. This year, the leading position was taken by the corruption and the possible implications of healthcare reform for the American Health Care Act. The study is published on the University website.
The survey participants began 1207 American adults. They were asked to rate how much fear they cause 80 different phenomena. Possible causes fears were divided into several major categories: government-related entities, with the state of the environment, economy, human-made disasters and extremism. Also the study included the sources of many common phobias: clowns, spiders, heights.
The most terrible phenomena of 2017 was the corruption of officials, the results of health care reform, water pollution (oceans, rivers and lakes) and pollution of drinking water. Sociologists have noted that in 2017, on top of the list was much more fears related to the environment.
10 of the most terrible phenomena of 2017 / © Chapman University
Study leader Christopher Bader (Christopher Bader) said: “the survey of 2017 show that, although some of the main fears remain the same, there has been a marked shift toward concerns related to the environment. We notice a trend where people tend to fear what broadcast media. Many of the top ten fears of 2017 can be directly linked to the most popular topics in the media in the past year.”
The last place was taken by zombies, ghosts, and animals, such as dogs or rats. Moderate or severe fear of a zombie feel to 5.3% of the respondents, they are afraid of ghosts of 4.3%. Animals scare only 3.7% of the study participants.
The first such survey sociologists conducted in 2014. In 2015, and in 2017, the first place was taken by the fear of corruption of public servants.