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Just in time for Halloween, Chapman University published the results from its second annual Survey of American Fears.

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears polled more than 1,500 people across the country to provide a glance into the fears of the average American. Poll data was separated into four categories: Personal Fears, Natural Disasters, Paranormal Fears and Drivers of Fear Behavior.

The top fears determined by the poll are, unsurprisingly, boring real-world issues, like government corruption and identity theft.

American fears

The paranormal portion of this poll is better than most comparable polls because the questions are better. Most polls addressing UFOs typically ask the nebulous question, “Do you believe in UFOs?” The Survey of American Fears poll asked more detailed and interesting questions.

The poll found:

  • 20.3% of the respondents believe that “aliens visited Earth in our ancient past.”
  • 18.1% of the respondents believe that “aliens have come to Earth in modern times.”

The survey also examined paranormal beliefs related to Bigfoot, ghosts, and dreams.

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Full results from the Chapman University Survey of American Fears are available on Chapman University’s website.


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