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A reveler wears a clown mask in Cologne, Germany, at the traditional carnival opening on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Tens of thousands celebrate in costumes in the streets at the carnival capital Cologne and today marks the traditional start of German carnival season. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change, terrorism and death, survey finds


A Chapman University survey found what makes Americans shake in their boots.

What has Americans so scared?

The 2016 Chapman University Survey of American Fears asked 1,511 adults from across the United States about their fears.

The topics ranged from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others.

Americans said they're most afraid of these three things:
-Corrupt government officials
-Terrorist attack
-Not having enough $$$ for the future

Over 60% of Americans have confessed they're "very afraid" of gov't corruption.

'Clowns are scary af!'

Interestingly enough, in a separate survey conducted by Morning Consult and Vox, Americans are also really creeped out by clowns.

This survey of 1,999 Americans in conjunction with the Chapman University survey revealed Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change, terrorism and death.

This comes months after creepy clowns began popping up around the world, causing some shops to pull their clown costumes from off the shelves.

The Morning Consult survey found 2 out of 3 Americans want a government crackdown on clowns.

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