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America’s Knowledge of Disaster Preparedness Outdated, Dangerous Chapman University Survey of American Fears 2017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

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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

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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

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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.