The explosion of “creepy clown” sightings across the United States has made people look over their shoulder just a little bit more often over the past few months. Even though those clowns have the potential to cause even more mayhem in the run up to Halloween, they don’t rank particularly high on Americans’ top fears of 2016.
The recently published Chapman University Survey of American Fears reveals that corruption of government officials is actually the top fear among U.S. adults in 2016. 60.6 percent of respondents said that they were afraid or very afraid of top-level corruption. Terrorism is still a considerable fear factor for Americans, with 41 percent afraid of an attack on the nation and 39.5 percent afraid of becoming a victim.
A survey recently revealed that 69 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts so it comes as little surprise that personal finance is high on the long list of fears. 39.9 percent of U.S. adults are afraid of having inadequate funds for the future, an increase on last year’s 37.4 percent.