What scares you? Study shows Americans' greatest fears

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What scares you the most? Chapman University has released a study on Americans' greatest fears.

What scares you the most? Chapman University in Orange, California has released a study on Americans' greatest fears.

Researchers surveyed 1,500 participants from across the U.S. and looked at fears related to crime and natural disasters. They even touched on the fear of pandemics, such as Ebola.

Topping the list of what it calls "personal fears," the study found that one in four Americans is afraid of walking alone at night.

According to the study, watching a lot of television and having a lower level of education were the most consistent predictors of fear.

Key results from the study:

Top 5 things Americans fear the most
  1. Walking alone at night

  2. Becoming the victim of identity theft

  3. Safety on the Internet

  4. Being the victim of a mass/random shooting

  5. Public speaking

Top 5 things Americans worry or are concerned about
  1. Having identity stolen on the Internet

  2. Corporate surveillance of Internet activity

  3. Running out of money in the future

  4. Government surveillance of Internet activity

  5. Becoming ill/sick

Top 5 most feared natural disasters
  1. Tornado/hurricane

  2. Earthquakes

  3. Floods

  4. Pandemic or Major Epidemic

  5. Power Outage

Top crime-related things that Americans fear
  1. Child abduction

  2. Gang violence

  3. Sexual assaults

  4. School shootings


PHOTOS: Americans' biggest fears



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