What is America’s #1 fear? The answer, according to Chapman University, might surprise you.

TIME reports:

Corruption of government officials is currently Americans’ number one fear, according to a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University. The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters). Based on their findings, here were the top 10 fears for 2015:

Corruption of government officials (58.0%)
Cyber-terrorism (44.8%)
Corporate tracking of personal information (44.6%)
Terrorist attacks (44.4%)
Government tracking of personal information (41.4%)
Bio-warfare (40.9%)
Identity theft (39.6%)
Economic collapse (39.2%)
Running out of money in the future (37.4%)
Credit card fraud (36.9%)

Americans fear corruption of government more than terrorist attacks. That is really saying something.

The findings support numerous polls in recent years that conclude increasing numbers of Americans distrust government and established societal institutions like the mainstream media. The government has nobody to blame but itself for its dishonest and corrupt reputation. Actions speak louder than words, and if Washington wants to earn the trust of the American people, they should stop doing things like spending $800 on pencil holders, spying on innocent civilians without a warrant, and targeting political opponents using the IRS.

 

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