December 11, 2023

Our fears and the way they’ve modified

With Halloween days away, we thought we’d check out Chapman College’s Survey of American Fears.

The survey

The purpose of the Chapman College Survey of American Fears is to gather annual knowledge on the fears, worries and issues of People, and the way these fears are related to different attitudes and behaviors. There have been 97 matters, starting from authorities, well being and environmental issues to catastrophe preparedness, the paranormal and private anxieties. This 12 months’s survey was performed by SSRS analysis on-line by way of the SSRS Opinion Panel and invited adults ages 18 and older to take part. There have been 1,014 members and the info was collected from March 27 to April 4.

Greatest concern

Skepticism of presidency is baked into America’s political tradition and concern of corrupt authorities officers has remained the No. 1 concern in America since first topping the chart in 2015. Nonetheless, the proportion of respondents who’re very afraid or afraid of corrupt authorities officers has dropped from 62% in 2022. The peak was 79.6% in 2020-21.

2022 and 2023

The High 10 checklist is similar to final 12 months’s, comprising a lot of the similar fears in various order. The one exception is the alternative of the concern of air pollution in oceans, rivers and lakes with the concern of cyberterrorism, each occupying the No. 9 place.

You’ll find all of the fears ranked by share right here.

Chapman College professors have a ebook accessible, which was printed by NYU Press, “Concern Itself, The Causes and Penalties of Concern in America,” by Christopher D. Bader, Joseph O. Baker, L. Edward Day and Ann Gordon.

Persistent concern negatively impacts people’ decision-making skills and causes anxiousness, despair and poor bodily well being. Additional, concern harms communities and society by corroding social belief and civic engagement. But politicians usually successfully leverage fears to garner votes and corporations routinely market pointless merchandise that promise safety from imagined or exaggerated harms.

Concern Itself is a novel, wide-ranging examine of the social penalties of concern, finally suggesting that there’s good purpose to be afraid of concern itself.


Supply: The Chapman College Survey of American Fears 2023, Wilkinson School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Pew Analysis Heart