VOX Poll: People are More Afraid of Clowns than Climate Change

SOURCE: VOX graphic based on Morning Consult poll of 1,999 Americans (October 15 to 17, 2016) and Chapman University poll of 1,511 Americans (October 11, 2016).

SOURCE: VOX graphic based on Morning Consult poll of 1,999 Americans (October 15 to 17, 2016) and Chapman University poll of 1,511 Americans (October 11, 2016).

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A VOX poll shows that Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change.

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

The poll, conducted October 15 to 17, comes amid the great clown scare of 2016: Since August, more than 100 “suspicious” clown sightings have been reported across the US, from Seattle to Bangor, Maine.

We get it: Clowns are creepy. Especially when lingering in empty parking lots at 3:30 in the morning, holding black balloons. But are they scarier than real threats, like climate change, economic hardship, or the death of loved ones?

According to Americans, yes. Yes, they are.

We compared the results of our poll with a poll recently conducted by Chapman University, which asked 1,511 Americans to identify their greatest fears from a list of topics. Clowns outranked every single fear, save for “government corruption.” (Note that the Chapman poll only included “very afraid” and “afraid” as voting options, while our poll had “very afraid,” “somewhat afraid,” and “a little afraid.”).

Read more: http://www.vox.com/2016/10/21/13321536/clown-scare-sightings-2016

Given climate advocates regularly assure us that anthropogenic climate change is the terrifying basis of all other fears, there is only one conclusion we can draw – politicians will need to dress up as clowns to scare us when they deliver climate messages:


87 thoughts on “VOX Poll: People are More Afraid of Clowns than Climate Change

  1. As my American wife asked recently “What happened to our Lincons , our Jeffersons , our Washintons ?

    • Yea, so are terrorist attack! Madness! What will be the next fad thing that press hypes that the sheep will shy away from?

      • Poll questions are always open to interpretation. While I’m not afraid of personally being victim of a terrorist attack, I can still be concerned about the consequences of a terrorist attack.

  2. Eric Worrall —
    We all know the premise of the novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Dorian Gray remains young and handsome while a portrait he keeps hidden alters to show the results of his vile nature and evil vices.
    The picture above shows what has become of O’Bummer. The real O’Bummer remains photogenic but the picture you have created shows us what he truly has become.
    Eugene WR Gallun

  3. IMHO, UN honchos long ago realized that fear of Climate Change was not going to be the moneymaker they envisioned so many moons ago.
    So they sent out their designated – and ever-growing – army of kinder, gentler clowns equipped with considerable fog (i.e. fully dressed word salads) to wrap global warming, aka climate change, in the comforting arms of the equally – if not more – money-grubbing “Sustainable Development”.
    See, for example: Move over IPCC … here comes IPBES
    Of COPs, MOPs and a global battle of duelling doomsayers

  4. Great picture!
    The alarmists must really be getting discouraged. They can’t get a rise out of anybody! They can barely get noticed.
    Their discouragement will be good practice for what’s to come if Trump is elected.

  5. WOW, I agree with this poll 103%, I’m afraid of the Clowns In Our Corrupt Government….
    Climate Change, not so much.
    Cheers, KevinK

  6. So it looks like all Americans are afraid of these “terrorising corrupt climate clowns”. How many can you name…………….

  7. Speaking of corruption, can any of the wonderful legal minds explain to me whether someone else besides the justice department can lay charges against Hillary Clinton? It seems based on the facts we know that the law has been broken. Do Americans have no recourse but to submit to the corruption of the justice department? Can police departments lay charges? I can’t believe that there are zero checks and balances when it comes to breaking the same laws that others have been charged with?

    • Well… I used to be afraid of “heights” but now I’m more afraid of “widths”…. (credit to Steven Wright).

      • I’m getting shorter and wider. At the current rate I will be flat as a penny and as wide as baseball diamond by the time my age doubles. Now that is something to fear.

      • ..I use to be afraid of heights until I fell three stories and shattered both legs…Now I’m just terrified of sudden stops !!

    • The climate clowns are DEFINITELY a far worse threat to the planet that non-existence AGW/climatewhatever.
      Destroying economies and electrical supply systems in developed countries, while trying to damn developing countries to continued poverty.

    • Yes, you could, Nick. One look at the actual data would show how it had been manipulated to show a very misleading conclusion, however.
      Why does that seem familiar…?

    • ‘Clowns’ and ‘Corrupt Government’ are one and the same so it is 103% are more afraid of lunatics haunting us.

    • People will not fear dying as it is an absolute: it happens. But they will fear CC because they have been ‘conditioned’ by scurrilous government and ‘scientivists’ to worry. Where there is doubt, there is fear.

  8. It would not be surprising to find that people notice, eventually, when one excuse is used to expalin the need for multiple, different regualtions and changes to their lives. “Climate Change” is the reason for everything now except for Obamacare and the people have figured that one out.

  9. Clown car clowns are amusing. John Wayne Gacy clowns are not funny. You see, clowns are scary… the people needing to clowns are scary. I can’t get past the people behind the make-up.
    Now imagine a eco climate clowns…

    • Paul Westhaver —
      That was a clip lifted from a Monty Python skit wasn’t it?
      Eugene WR Gallun

  10. It is to laugh!
    “Obamacare” is a greater menace than Global Human Heating Warming Sharknado.
    Ha ha Ja ja

  11. When you consider the fact that climate change, clowns, and corrupt government are often found together and could be combined into one category, the percentage of fearful Americans would rise to 135% (32 + 42 + 61). 🙂

  12. Have people forgotten all about the movie, V for Vendetta – Remember, remember the 5th of November? It’s time that the public take up masks and throw out all the government system riggers.

  13. “To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kind of scary. I’ve wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.” – Jack Handy
    And speaking of climate science:
    “I hope some animal never bores a hole in my head and lays its eggs in my brain, because later you might think you’re having a good idea but it’s just eggs hatching.” – Jack Handy

  14. It’s not surprising that people would react more to clowns than to climate change, even if CAGW were a real thing.
    Here are four things that determine how people react to risk:
    1 – We over-react to intentional actions, and under-react to accidents, abstract events, and natural phenomena.
    2 – We over-react to things that offend our morals.
    3 – We over-react to immediate threats and under-react to long-term threats.
    4 – We under-react to changes that occur slowly and over time.
    Point two could go either way but the other points favour clowns being perceived as a greater risk. If CAGW were a real thing, it would for sure be the greater risk. Clowns are mostly a minor annoyance. Frying to death, on the other hand, is pretty major.
    People are generally bad at evaluating risk. link

    • I agree we are bad at evaluating risk, if we were good at it, there would be far fewer politicians, and they would be under greater public scrutiny.
      We would also insist every one of them undergoes a public lie detector test every 6 months to see if they have acted illegally/corruptly.

  15. Seasons are catastrophic climate change where temperature swings of greater than 100 degrees within weeks, even days, are not unheard of.

    • Wow
      How did you manage to strip off all the makeup?
      Now we know what she really looks like. Has she had the snip and finished her transitioning yet?

  16. Speaking of sending in the clowns … with a tip of the hat to Canada’s Ezra Levant and TheRebel staff for unearthing this during the course of their ongoing battle to get press accreditation for the UNFCCC’s next Big Show in Marrakesh. You have to see this video. One of the two “stars” is the UN’s very own Nick Nuttall (he who declined the request for accreditation)
    So, without further ado here are the UN’s clowns:

  17. “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H.L. Mencken
    We have arrived.

    • ““As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H.L. Mencken
      We have arrived.”
      The good news is the moron will be out of Office on January 20, 2017.

  18. Clowns are real and could possibly hurt you. Climate change is a bullshit fantasy that doesn’t exist. Seems simple enough.

  19. As it was demonstrated only yesterday, there are global events that should concern us far more than the benign global warming. Many of domestic devices connected to the internet come with manufacturers set username and password that cannot be changed by the user. Apparently these devices not only can be instantly disabled from China, but also can be used to attack anything else connecting to the web. Perhaps input from experts in the field might give us a clearer picture.

  20. My fear of corrupt government is in no small part due to NASA, NOAA and billions spent subsidizing junk science.

  21. If it wasn’t for the scam that is Climate Change there would not be 61% who think the government is corrupt. That and ‘Foundations’…(Do these a*holes really think we are that dim?)

  22. “…Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change…”
    Therefore it follows (in ‘Worrall-World’) that clowns present a greater threat to America than climate change.

  23. Global clowning is developing into a rather serious issue. A UN Intergovernmental Panel should be set up on it as soon as practicable, and national legislation is to be driven by its recommendations worldwide. Building a framework for a multilateral international treaty is a pressing task, all interested NGOs, in fact all stakeholders are invited to take part in the process.
    Black balloons are man made.

  24. LOL. I love it! Yes, I admit it, I am afraid of clowns too, so please don’t suggest that the CAGW-gang dress up as clown, it’s bad enough as it is. Come to think of it, there are enough clowns involved already.

  25. This isn’t surprising in the least. Many Americans can’t wrap their heads around universal healthcare or gun control, so believing climate change is real is not really a pressing concern. Personally, I’m afraid we’ll deal with the clowns and the terrorists and forget about climate change in the process.

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