Clowns are scarier than ghosts and a turbulent flight is scarier than a stranger on a dark street — but public speaking is the most terrifying thing of all.
While broad swathes of Americans share similar fears, a person's background and beliefs have a lot to do with what he or she fears the most. For instance, Democrats worry about pollution, man-made disasters, and their own personal safety; Republicans also fear man-made disasters — but are more likely to be afraid of the government and "today's youth." The survey identifies education and television viewing habits as two major factors in shaping fears:
The entire survey provides a deep dive into the specifics of Americans' fears — the perfect data points to consider this Halloween as you attempt to distract yourself from even more terrifying thoughts.