» The Chapman University Survey on American Fears

Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants from across the nation and all walks of life. The research team leading this effort pared the information down into four basic categories: personal fears, natural disasters, paranormal fears and drivers of fear behavior. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fears in America today are corruption of government officials and cyberterrorism.

This is the second annual survey of American Fears conducted by Chapman University.

America's Top Fears 2015

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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 government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

Acting out of Fear


The second wave of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears (2015) asked respondents if they had engaged in particular actions "because of your fears."  These questions allow us to learn more about some of the responses people have to fear and what drives those responses.

Americans Need A Disaster Reality Check

disaster 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% fear such a disaster will damage their property.

A whopping 86% believe an emergency supply kit, such as a 72-hour kit recommended by FEMA or the Red Cross would improve their chances of surviving a disaster. Nevertheless, 72 percent have made no effort to put together such a kit. WHY?

This Haunted World

This Haunted World

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears, Wave 2 (2015) includes a battery of items on paranormal beliefs ranging from Bigfoot and psychic powers to the power of dreams and haunted houses.