A recent poll by Chapman University dove into the fears of Americans in 2016 and found some very interesting results. Most of these make perfect sense, some are a bit surprising. But what is possibly most interesting is how low mass shootings are on the list, and how gun control is number five on the list.
- Corrupt government officials – 60.6% afraid or very afraid
- Terrorist Attack – 41% afraid or very afraid
- Not having enough money for the future – 39.9% afraid or very afraid
- Terrorism – 38.5% afraid or very afraid
- Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition – 38.5% afraid or very afraid
- People I love dying – 38.1% afraid or very afraid
- Economic/financial collapse – 37.5% afraid or very afraid
- Identity theft – 37.1% afraid or very afraid
- People I love becoming seriously ill – 35.9% afraid or very afraid
- The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare – 35.5% afraid or very afraid
After the number one slot, corrupt government officials, the next 17 fears all are within 10% of each other, and a random/mass shooting doesn’t show up until #30 on the list at only 26.9% of Americans being afraid or very afraid of a random/mass shooting.
Gun Rights on the Rise
Despite what the politicians and major media outlets say, gun sales are skyrocketing, gun ownership is on the rise with 44% of households owning a gun, and support for stricter gun laws has plummeted. This poll gives us yet another data point that contradicts the gun-control narrative on how supposedly a small vocal few of Americans are pro gun.
Sure seems that government corruption is something all Americans fear much more than guns in the hands of law abiding citizens.