Chapman University has released a Survey of American Fears that provides an unprecedented look into the drivers of concern among 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 government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.
Writing about this study, John Nolte of Breitbart.com asserts, “this is yet another piece of the puzzle that explains why our media is so out of touch and why our pundits have been so wrong about everything for so long.”
Candidates for any elected public office should pay attention here.
In the Chapman survey, each fear question asked Americans to rate their level of fear on a scale ranging from 1 (not afraid) to 4 (very afraid). The average score for each domain of fear provides insight into what types of fear are of greatest concern to Americans in 2015.
The reader should consider that 7 of 10 fears are exclusively within the domain of government responsibility to address.
Nolte in analysis writes:
While our media overlords in Washington DC and Manhattan relentlessly push to further-empower government by presenting government as the solution to every problem, 58% of the American people see government as their worst fear.
How out of touch is our media? More people fear gun control (36.5%) and ObamaCare (35.7%) than they do illness (34.4%), a nuclear attack (33.6%) or — get this — Global Warming (30.7%).
Here’s the real kicker. Despite the media’s attempt to paint their Global Warming hoax as an imminent catastrophe and illegal immigration as the bringer of candy-colored rainbows and chocolate rivers, people are almost as afraid of illegal immigration (29.7%) as they are of Global Warming (30.7%).
Moreover, despite a two-year propaganda campaign based almost exclusively on lies, only 12.2% named Hate Crimes.