» The Division on the Study of American Fears

The annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears provides an in-depth examination into the concerns of average Americans, tracking changes and trends over the years. The survey asks about topics ranging from government, health and environmental matters, to disaster preparedness, the paranormal and personal anxieties.

American’s Top Fears 2022

The following is a list of the top 10 fears for 2022, taken from the Chapman University Survey of American Fears. Fears are ranked by the percent of Americans who reported being afraid or very afraid.

Fear of Increased Gun Restrictions 2022

The last decade has seen a surge in gun violence in the United States. Shootings in schools, malls, and other public places have become common occurrences, and there is a push from interest groups and individuals to change gun laws in the United States to prevent more mass shootings and gun deaths.

Fear of Mass Shootings 2022

In 2022, mass shootings have spiked and continuously become a growing fear for Americans. The study collected data to examine the following independent variables: age, race, and gender. The research gathered data to evaluate if there is a direct correlation among the independent variables and the dependent variable, fear of random and mass shootings.

Fear of Violent Overthrown of the U.S. Government 2022

Fear of corrupt government officials has remained the greatest fear for yet another year since first landing in the spot in 2015. The fear, however, has experienced a steep drop from 79.6% (2020/21) to 62.1% (2022), the lowest it has been since 2016. 


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