What Aren’t They Telling Us? Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 11, 2016 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) includes questions asking about levels of belief in nine different popular conspiracies/conspiracy theories. The survey asked a random sample of Americans if “the government is concealing what they know about…” the JFK assassination, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, alien encounters, the recent death of supreme court

Fear of Muslims in American Society Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 11, 2016 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

Roughly 1% of the U.S. adult population are Muslims. The political and social scrutiny focused on this small group has led to major political figures advocating discriminatory practices based on religion alone. In Wave 3 of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears, we explored how Americans as a whole view Muslims.   A Lack

Motivating Disaster Preparedness

October 11, 2016 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

More than half of all Americans (63%) believe that “Natural disasters in my area are capable of doing serious harm to me or my property.” The vast majority (78%) believe an emergency supply kit, such as a 72 hour kit recommended by FEMA and the Red Cross would improve their chances of surviving a disaster.

Paranormal Beliefs

October 11, 2016 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in Bigfoot and psychic powers to the extraterrestrial visitation and haunted houses. Paranormal Beliefs  Currently the most common paranormal belief in the United States is the belief that places can be haunted by spirits

Disaster Preparedness Academy Dr. Ann Gordon, Keynote Speaker

September 20, 2016 by | News

The American Red Cross is hosting their 32nd annual American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Academy at the Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – featuring our very own Wilkinson College Associate Dean, Ann Gordon. Dr. Gordon is Co-PI of the ongoing Chapman Survey of American Fears (CSAF), leading the team studying disasters and

Americans Need A Disaster Reality Check

October 13, 2015 by Sheri Ledbetter | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

In our survey we asked a random sample of Americans about fears of natural and man-made disasters. We then asked whether they had taken recommended preparedness steps such as assembling an emergency kit. More than half of all Americans [55 percent] fear they will experience a natural or manmade disaster. And some 28 percent fear such a disaster will damage

America’s Top Fears 2015

October 13, 2015 by Sheri Ledbetter | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 2 (2015) provides an unprecedented look into the fears of average Americans. In April of 2015, a random sample of 1,541 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about eighty-eight different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the