What’s To Be Afraid Of?

Today is Saturday and my weekend begins so enough brilliant banter about my missing piggies that went to market and stayed..

We Americans are afraid of many things….most of them we will not admit to…likr immigrants or tofu or will we be able to retire…you know stuff like that….but let’s take a a look at stuff we admit to fear……

2017 marked “a pronounced shift” in American fears. Christopher Bader of Chapman University, which has released its fourth annual Survey of American Fears, notes “environmental fears” are prominent in the 10 biggest fears of Americans for the first time, per a release. For the third year in a row, “corruption of government officials” took the top spot. But pollution of drinking water and oceans appeared in the top 10 for the first time, as did new fear “TrumpCare,” which took the runner-up spot nabbed by “terrorist attacks” in 2016. The International Business Times calls this “a clear reflection of the political unrest and uncertainty in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president.” Participants were asked about “80 different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, the environment, disasters, personal anxieties, technology, and many others,” per Chapman. Here are the top 10 fears of 2017, based on responses from 1,200 participants across the country:

  1. Corrupt government officials: 74.5%
  2. American Healthcare Act/TrumpCare: 55%
  3. Pollution of oceans, rivers, and lakes: 53%
  4. Pollution of drinking water: 50%
  5. Not having enough money for the future: 50%
  6. High medical bills: 48%
  7. US involvement in a world war: 48%
  8. Global warming and climate change: 48%
  9. North Korea using weapons: 47.5%
  10. Air pollution: 45%

(The biggest fears of 2016 are here, or check out 2015’s biggest fears.)

You guys think of anything else?

Have a great day and I will be here as always with more stuff.

Be well……Be safe  chuq

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11 thoughts on “What’s To Be Afraid Of?

  1. Interesting that fear of excessive immigration is not on the list, given the attitude of many over there. Likewise the fear of terrorist attacks, which would be something high on a European list, I suspect. I am most surprised that a fear of corrupt government officials even exists on the list. This is nothing new, so why the current fear? They voted for many of them too, so maybe it’s an indicator of a change of mind, rather than a ‘fear’?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I noticed that right off. All stuff about immigrants and yet not on list. I think Americans are just now realizing what corruption really is. chuq

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