Most people have a fear of something, whether it be heights, enclosed spaces, etc. But a new survey reveals which fears are the most common amongst Americans and you may, or may not, be surprised by the results.
A new YouGov survey finds:
Among a list of 30 possible fears, snakes came out as the most common fear amongst Americans.
Overall, 30% of Americans say they have a fear of snakes, followed by:
- Heights (28%)
- Spiders (24%)
- Public speaking (23%)
- Disease (21%)
- Crowded spaces (17%)
- Enclosed spaces (17%)
- Only 16% of Americans say they have no fears at all.
When asked how much they fear something, the list changes slightly.
- Those who fear snakes are the most likely to say they fear them “a great deal.”
- But coming in second are those who fear flying, with 57% say they fear it “a great deal.”
- When it comes to the list overall, only 9% of Americans say they have a fear of flying.
- Others folks say they fear “a great deal” include:
- Fire (54%)
- Large bodies of water (53%)
- Enclosed spaces (51%)
- Spiders (51%)
But how do people feel about their fears?
- Only 9% look at their fears as fully irrational.
- 21% say they are somewhat irrational.
- But 26% insist their fears are rational, and another 34% say they are somewhat rational.
- 34% of people who say their fears are irrational admit they interfere with their daily lives.
- But only 25% of people overall say their fears interfere with their daily life, while 70% say they do not.