Forget ISIS, "Government Corruption" Tops Americans' Biggest Fears

Tyler Durden's picture

As Americans gear up to celebrate Halloween at the end of October, a recent survey has revealed the fears that really keep people up at night.

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears polled 1,207 U.S. adults on their levels of fear across 80 different categories.

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, like last year, corruption of government officials came top in 2017, with 74.5 percent of U.S. adults saying it makes them "afraid" or "very afraid".

Infographic: Americans' Top Fears Of 2017  | Statista

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The unrest and uncertainty of Donald Trump's presidency has had a significant influence on this year's ranking.

With the U.S. health system still engulfed by chaos, 55.3 percent of respondents are fearful of the American Healthcare Act/Trumpcare. The president's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords has also had an impact with 48 percent afraid of global warming and climate change and 44.9 percent fearful of air pollution.

The threat of war between the U.S. and North Korea is also starting to touch a nerve. 48.4 percent of Americans fear U.S. involvement in another world war while 47.5 percent are afraid the regime in Pyongyang will use nuclear weapons.

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TeamDepends's picture

Wait 'til they find out that Barry Obama and CIA and Mossad are ISIS!

D503's picture

Wait until boomers find out millenials are armed 4chan trolls that have no intention of paying into the system or neutered manchildren and Feminazi cunts with no ability to do more than tweet or post on facebook. 

philipat's picture

I'm guessing from the responses that this poll, like most of them, was over-sampled with Libtards? Interesting then that "Russia" is nowhere to be seen? Uranium one might have "changed" the Agenda?

SafelyGraze's picture

"Government Corruption Tops Americans' Biggest Fears"

good data-point

need to calculate how much more of the bad stuff would be required before "gov corruption" is no longer the top concern

the secretary of gov corruption 


CheapBastard's picture

How many millions did Bankers, corporations, neocons and Hollywood celebs throw at Hillary Clinton's campaign?

Paul Kersey's picture


"How many millions did Bankers, corporations, neocons and Hollywood celebs throw at Hillary Clinton's campaign?"

So Trump appoints Cohn, the President of Goldman Sachs, to run the country's economy, puts goldmanite and Soros partner Mnuchin in charge of the Treasury, puts 24 years at Rothschild, billionaire Ross in charge of Commerce, has neocon Nikki Haley, along with the Generals, running foreign policy and warmongeringfor Netanyahu, and you're still bringing up Hillary.  Wake up and smell the coffee, because Trump's been in office for almost ten month, and in that time he has created the most corrupt Presidential Administration in modern history.

aurum4040's picture

The most corrupt? LMAO. Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton,  Barrack Obama, James Comey, the Clinton Foundation, Podesta Group, ACA Obamacare, countless unconstitutional executive orders, Uranium One, I could go on. And most of those people were in trouble in the 90's and got away with a ton of shit back then....Your delusional if you think Trumps choices are the most corrupt ever. Like need help delusional. 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Forget ISIS, Forget Government Corruption, Forget Private Corruption, Forget Private Ponzi Schemes, Forget the Failed God, “Propaganda” to Dumbdown Tops Americans' Biggest Fears

Four chan's picture

las vegas never forget...the lies.

Richard Chesler's picture

Ever since Soweeto my biggest fear has been not knowing which bathroom to use.


Byte Me's picture

Since OBongo, the street has become popular as an al fresco latrine in some parts..

Just waiting for the leftoids to jump on the renaming wagon here in Europa.

cheka's picture

people are figuring things out (to my surprise).  better step up that net censorship...or is the cat out of the bag?

white guilt disappearing, is laughed at, fedgov is hated, national felon league getting spanked, chump was the fck u vote (doesnt matter if he's a double agent - we'll keep electing the fu candidates)

corrupt campaign money has been destroyed.  30 second tv slots suck compared to twitter/other internet campaigning

keep it up people -- convert more to the good causes.  the trend is steady to the upside

IH8OBAMA's picture

This poll is non-sense.  48% are NOT worried about FAKE Climate Change.


Paul Kersey's picture

You're comparing these hasbeens to Trump's chief economic advisor, the fucking President of Goldman Sachs? Cohn was the chief Architect behind the CDO ponzi that brought down the U.S. economy. Goldman Sachs was, historically, Obama's largest campaign contributor. So Obama was working for the Goldmanites, but he sure as hell wasn't the Goldmanite President. He was only the U.S. President, a much less powerful office.

Holder was a Wall Street lawyer, but Ross, the man from Rothschild, is a Wall Street billionaire and the Rembrandt of the LBO ripoff artis. Lynch and Hillary are just a couple of hasbeen grifters, bun Mnuchin is a Goldmanite partner, and, along with his partner Soros, ripped the U.S. taxpayers off for hundreds of millions of dollars in the IndyMac bank scam.

So how does Uranium One compare with the Goldman Sachs run Fed's $29 trillion dollar international bank bailout? Before you answer, remember the whole U.S. national debt is only $20 trillion.

Obama said the ISIS was the JV, but compared to Trump's den of thieves, the Obama Administration was the JV. And remember, Obama, every chance he got, shoved it up Netanyahu's fat kosher ares. Trump, on the other hand, said this in his speech to AIPAC:

"We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.

And we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.

The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable.

I love the people in this room. I love Israel. I love Israel. I've been with Israel so long in terms of I've received some of my greatest honors from Israel, my father before me, incredible. My daughter, Ivanka, is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby."

And you call me delusional?

VIS MAIOR's picture

best comment  here for long time.   trump jew use poor rednecks an miners  as "way to president" .. no , to israel dear ))

pay more for israel.. dumb trump voter  )))

11b40's picture

Dump him to be replaced by ?

Truthoutthere's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong here but I thought that if a baby's mother isn't Jewish then the baby ain't Jewish.

JRobby's picture

It needs to go to 90% knowing that 10% just don't get it. 74% isnt's bad but the poll is barely valid at this sample size.

ffed's picture

PPaul kearney is 100%, That fuck trump is a freemason and hoodwinked all us zombies, only thing is, I woke the fuck up that he's a fuckin liar  like all the rest, I'm done.

ffed's picture

PPaul kearney is 100%, That fuck trump is a freemason and hoodwinked all us zombies, only thing is, I woke the fuck up that he's a fuckin liar  like all the rest, I'm done.

IrateNate's picture

you sound just like my idiot that you, Mike?

Giant Meteor's picture

Nate, it would be much better if you would refute his points one by one ...

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Interesting that the Trump administration members you point to are the concensus figures who received support from the Democrats and establishment Republicans.

Meanwhile, scores of Trump's nominees are still awaiting confirmation.

overbet's picture

Global warming tops NK using nukes. 

espirit's picture

Keep up.

It's 'Climate Change' now.

Ya know, like 4x's per year.

toady's picture

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

jeff montanye's picture

yoga pants and the reintroduction of short shorts brighten a new century.

on the fear list, where's "terrorism"?

why putting government corruption as one's first fear seems "libtard" escapes me.  it is the lesson to be learned from the events of this century starting with a real bang on 9-11-01.

philipat's picture

I think that everyone with a functioning brain has become aware of the Deep State and Government corruption as a serious problem, Dims and Repugs, It's the ranking of other Snowflake issues "Global warming", Air pollution etc) in relation to other "fears" that makes me suspect the poll was over-sampled with Libtards.

JRobby's picture

Seems there would have to have been Hillary supporters polled? So they must fear corruption of a GOVT where she is not the POTUS? That is really out there mental.

Or so Trump adverse they were forced to vote for "her".?

Not a valid poll.

Omen IV's picture

Russia has never been the enemy of the American Middle Class - the enemy has always been WASHINGTON DC!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Sorry to have to break the news to you but America middle class is an unsustainable dream.

Middle class was a product of America running deficits on the 60’s.

By the 70’s America was bankrupted while inflation was raising. What save Americans was the Petrodollar that helped finance US deficits.

What saved the middle class in the 80’s was even larger deficits and globalization. Globalization helped keeping US inflation down.

The problem is not that you don’t know these facts, but, if wasn’t for the internet, you wouldn’t even know that you don’t know.

Second thing that you need to understand, and that the American elites know too well: Capitalism is totally unworkable. It’s a pipe dream to trick the general population.

Now if Trump really want to help the middle class he needs to reverse this chart. That’s all he needs to do to Make America Great Again.

Nothing else.


techpriest's picture

You are suffering from insufficient capitalism, but the good news is, capitalism is an unstoppable force of nature that will defeat your wrongheaded ideas no matter what you do - once a nation goes broke capitalism comes back much like plants returning once there is no more Roundup to poison the ground.

But you can continue to play games with definitions and pretend that natural human behavior, aka capitalism, is in fact something else. I don't care anymore.

Escrava Isaura's picture

techpriest: capitalism is an unstoppable force of nature………. 

No, it’s not.

Capitalism is men’s creation and not a living organism.

And here’s the core of capitalism:

You, and your government (nation) work for the owners of capital, meaning you and your nation work for bankers/investors. You and your nation work for creditors.


techpriest's picture

I have no plan to convince you, but the arguments are illustrative for those reading.

Now, as I'm writing this I'm waiting for some code to compile on a product I am developing it.

That project finishes, and I have a tool that myself and others can use to become more productive. In the workshop I do the same thing with physical goods, square-foot gardens in particular.

I build these value-producing tools -> I have produced capital. And capitalism is simply the freedom to own what I have produced, or to sell/rent it to others. Further, it is the freedom to decide for yourself what to produce, as opposed to being assigned work by someone who has other priorities.

This is a fundamental aspect of human nature: to increase personal profitability by creating and acquiring capital, and to use the data available to them to decide what to produce. So, the desire to own your own property and income = what Americans call capitalism = a fundamental aspect of human nature that all other *isms have universally failed to stop. Even in North Korea there is capitalism going on because people still trade to the extent they can get away with it.

I know that disciples of various *isms try to define capitalism as "giving unlimited power to select corporations," but that is merely polemic rhetoric meant to confuse the meaning of terms. It is also contradictory to the term laissez-faire: there is a difference between leaving people alone and granting special legal status (think patents, gatekeeper agencies, and so on). So, I use the term as synonymous to freedom from meddling by large corporations and government, itself a large corporation.

techpriest's picture

One more example, from below. I had a friend who, while living in the same city as me, had tried to get permission from the city to convert an abandoned parking lot into an aquaponics farm. This would create jobs, increase food availability in the inner city, and so on.

However, the city decided not to give him permission because they wanted to hold out a few more years for a big developer to come in and gentrify the area into another hipster enclave. Its still sitting there abandoned, and has become a part of the "homeless highway" trail network, which means more crime.

I would call the situation insufficient capitalism. under sufficient capitalism, he could have gone ahead should the property owner want to sell the land (and he did).

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Corruption so thoroughly permeates every molecule of Brazil the populace is unable even to imagine anything different.

Troy Ounce's picture


I agree with you techpriest.

Capitalism is the best. We all need to agree how to ringfence capitalism with clear rules of the game for the players and hand this over to regulators.

And that is where the current problem lies: the players own the regulators.

jimijon's picture

Socialocracy to the rescue. Publish the rules and let the autistic armies of say 4chan perform the regulatory oversight then bring the evidence to the the Justice or ABC type departments. Reward those researchers.

This will immediately force legislative changes when the corps realize they can’t bribe their way out with a revolving door.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

Nice. A phrase seldom heard - especially in or around government enclaves - is "of the people, by the people, for the people."

Now, if we can only find out just who those people are supposed to be...

Escrava Isaura's picture

Your hypothetical theories are all nice and dandy because you have a lot to learn.

Now please tell us:

Who issues the capital ‘money’?

And how? 



11b40's picture

Barter is a form of capitalism that requires no 'money'.

On a local level, goods may be sold for gold, silver, or tulip bulbs.

You are indicating that 'money' is the only form of capital, and I think implying that CB's are the only possible source of 'money'.

'Money' and capitalism are 2 different things.

neutrino3's picture

Without any intention/attempt to play smart ass, your (& Escrava's) opinions are both correct in those past times when Jesus (& lil Eddy)  were walking the earth. Which is not the case today.

Story goes that lil curious toddler+ Eddy once caught his young nAnny in the shower. And asked her what is that between her legs. Dumb nAnny answered in just a dumbest way she could, once caught in unexpected situation: "They hit me with a little axe when I was your age."

"Fuck. It is odd how they managed to hit you in the middle of the cunt."

(Or something like that. Semantics intended)

Time for healthy reasoning and planing is long gone and forgotten. Time for ridiculous jokes fully on.



HRH Feant2's picture

I am barely middle class. If that is how I want to live, or try to live, why do you give a fuck?

Get off my damned lawn, commie. Before I shoot you.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Where did you get the impression that anyone here cares about you?

Just live life to the best of your ability. Try to be positive. And don’t take bloggers seriously.