Study: Nearly half of Americans believe in hauntings but that’s not their biggest fear

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ORANGE, Calif. — Researchers at Chapman University recently completed a study on American fears and found nearly half of Americans believe that places can be haunted by spirits.

It’s the most common paranormal belief in the United States, with 47 percent of people surveyed agreeing or strongly agreeing.

However, when it comes to things Americans are truly afraid of, ghosts aren’t nearly as frightening as other humans — particularly politicians and terrorists.

Reaserchers found the top 10 Fears of 2016 are:

  • Corrupt government officials
  • Terrorist attack on the U.S.
  • Not having enough money for the future
  • Being a victim of terrorism
  • Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition
  • Loved ones dying
  • Economic/financial collapse
  • Identity theft
  • Loved ones becoming seriously ill
  • The Affordable Health Care Act/Obamacare

“In April of 2016, a random sample of 1,511 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about 79 different fears across a huge variety of topics ranging from crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology and many others,” researchers said.