Spiders and Snakes, Heights or Public Speaking - what do we fear most?


A new YouGov survey finds among a list of 30 possible fears, and Indiana Jones is not alone; the most common fear among Americans is....snakes. 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%). 16% of Americans say they have no fears at all.

Then, when asked how much they fear something, slightly different responses:

Those who fear snakes are the most likely to say they fear them “a great deal.” In second place are those who fear flying, with 57% say they fear it “a great deal.”

Now, when it comes to how crazy they think they are about having these fears, only 9% look at their fears as fully irrational. 21% say they are somewhat irrational. 26% insist their fears are rational, and another 34% say they are somewhat rational.

At least most of us aren't paralyzed by our fears, only 25% of people overall say their fears interfere with their daily life, while 70% say they do not.

How about you?


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