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

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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Paul Kersey CheapBastard Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:40 Permalink

 "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.

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aurum4040 Paul Kersey Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:00 Permalink

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. 

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Escrava Isaura aurum4040 Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:03 Permalink

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

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cheka Byte Me Sun, 10/22/2017 - 07:51 Permalink

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, nyc.news 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 campaigningkeep it up people -- convert more to the good causes.  the trend is steady to the upside

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Paul Kersey aurum4040 Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:13 Permalink

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.
(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)

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

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

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?

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philipat jeff montanye Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:19 Permalink

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.

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Escrava Isaura Omen IV Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:40 Permalink

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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.  

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techpriest Escrava Isaura Sun, 10/22/2017 - 00:50 Permalink

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.

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Escrava Isaura techpriest Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:46 Permalink

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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.  

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techpriest Escrava Isaura Sun, 10/22/2017 - 03:17 Permalink

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.

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techpriest techpriest Sun, 10/22/2017 - 03:25 Permalink

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).

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jimijon Troy Ounce Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:13 Permalink

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.

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neutrino3 techpriest Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:35 Permalink

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.  

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Escrava Isaura HRH Feant2 Sun, 10/22/2017 - 01:55 Permalink

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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.     

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