The Chapman University Survey on American Fears
What Do Americans Fear?
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America’s Top Fears 2018 Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 5 (2018) provides an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. In June of 2018, a random sample of 1,190 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about ninety-four different phenomena including crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology

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Paranormal America 2018 Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 5 (2018) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in aliens and psychic powers to Bigfoot and haunted houses. Paranormal Beliefs Currently the most common paranormal belief in the United States is that places can be haunted by spirits (57.7%), followed closely by

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Fleeing Death: Disaster Evacuations in America Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

From devastating wildfires to killer hurricanes, nearly a quarter (21%) of America reports they or their families have had to flee their homes due to disaster. Evacuating one’s home is a heart wrenching choice, but it saves lives. Unfortunately, many Americans choose not to evacuate, even when authorities call for mandatory evacuations. The results are

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

October 16, 2018 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 the 2016 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, we explored how Americans as a whole view Muslims. This year, we’ve reexamined many

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Fear of Immigration Chapman University Survey of American Fears

October 16, 2018 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

Americans Appear to be More Afraid of the President than Immigration Immigration policy has been a central focus of President Trump’s administration since he announced his candidacy in a speech in which he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re

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Fear of Extremism and the Threat to National Security Chapman University Survey of American Fears 2017

October 11, 2017 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

Americans believe that both Islamic Extremists and White Supremacists represent a threat to national security. Although other types of extremist groups are a concern to large groups of Americans, only these two were identified by a majority of survey respondents. Differences between groups on which group represents the greatest threat reflects the political divisions we

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America’s Knowledge of Disaster Preparedness Outdated, Dangerous Chapman University Survey of American Fears 2017

October 11, 2017 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

In our survey we asked a random sample of Americans about FEARS of man-made disasters, such as a nuclear melt-down, and nuclear and terror attacks, as well as natural disasters. We then asked about their familiarity with safety and preparedness advice/slogans [1] . Nuclear Fears Nearly half of all Americans [48%] fear North Korea using

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Paranormal America 2017 Chapman University Survey of American Fears 2017

October 11, 2017 by Wilkinson College | The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 4 (2017) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from belief in Bigfoot and psychic powers to visits by aliens and haunted houses. Paranormal Beliefs Currently the most common paranormal belief in the United States is the belief that ancient, advanced civilizations, such as Atlantis