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Here's What Americans Fear the Most

'Corrupt politicians' continues to top the list
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2016 3:46 PM CDT
Americans' Top 10 Fears
Someone must have just explained ObamaCare to this cat.   (iStock)

Bad news, creepy clowns. You don't even crack the top 10 of Americans' top fears. Chapman University has released its third annual Survey of American Fears, and for the second year in a row, "corruption of government officials" takes the top spot, USA Today reports. Other than that, the fears of Americans seem to have shifted from "big brother type issues" in 2015 to health problems in 2016. "People often fear what they cannot control," a Chapman University sociology professor explains. Here are the top 10 things Americans—continuing to ignore the words of FDR—are afraid of in 2016:

  1. Corruption of government officials: 60.6%
  2. Terrorist attacks: 41%
  3. Not having enough money for the future: 39.9%
  4. Being a victim of terror: 38.5%
  5. Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition: 38.5%
  6. People I love dying: 38.1%
  7. Economic or financial collapse: 37.5%
  8. Identity theft: 37.1%
  9. People I love becoming seriously ill: 35.9%
  10. ObamaCare: 35.5%
(More fear stories.)

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