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:


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October 21, 2016 3:13 pm

Does anyone have a photo of Mike Mann with a red nose?

Med Bennett
Reply to  Tony
October 21, 2016 4:40 pm

God I wish I could “like” posts on here!

Reply to  Med Bennett
October 21, 2016 5:48 pm

Med , yes 1 bit can convey a lot .

Reply to  Med Bennett
October 21, 2016 5:59 pm

Gold stars above…?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Med Bennett
October 21, 2016 10:59 pm

Wow! Climate clowns… The real threat!

Hot under the collar
Reply to  Tony
October 22, 2016 6:24 am

I think if the question had been “are you afraid of the clowns OF climate change”? the result would have been higher up the list! ; )

Reply to  Tony
October 22, 2016 9:52 am

I love the “climate clowns” comment. Mucho Kudos!!! Pic above is priceless.

October 21, 2016 3:15 pm

Finally, the real Obama (Hey, we always knew he was a clown).

Greg Woods
Reply to  arthur4563
October 21, 2016 5:40 pm

Yes, his circus name is Obozo the Clown…

October 21, 2016 3:21 pm

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

Reply to  Felflames
October 21, 2016 3:46 pm

They have little currency these days.

Mary Brown
Reply to  Felflames
October 21, 2016 8:46 pm

They run hedge funds now

Gerry, England
Reply to  Felflames
October 22, 2016 3:43 am

Probably considered far too intelligent to be politicians now. Would scare the living daylights out of the current bunch across most of the world too. The UK has had nothing but dross recently.

October 21, 2016 3:21 pm

I cannot help to think of this. And this:

October 21, 2016 3:25 pm

Makes sense to me, clowns are REAL!

Reply to  Trebla
October 21, 2016 3:31 pm

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

Bloke down the pub
Reply to  RAH
October 21, 2016 3:45 pm

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.

Eugene WR Gallun
October 21, 2016 3:44 pm

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

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 21, 2016 8:23 pm

@ Eric Worral sorry wayyyy OT but I just caught:this,http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/is-climate-policy-doing-more-harm-than-good/news-story/cf482a01cf51aff1573ae0b4669fdc70
Don’t know if it of interest but i thought you might like to read it. cheers.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 22, 2016 4:10 am

they sure do;-)
the nasty woman is a classic case of spakfilla n paint

Reply to  Eric Worrall
October 23, 2016 3:46 pm

asybot … “You’ve reached a subscriber only article.”

Mary Catherine
Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
October 21, 2016 5:57 pm


Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
October 21, 2016 3:44 pm

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

October 21, 2016 3:44 pm

I was never afraid of clowns till Obama came to power!

October 21, 2016 3:53 pm

(death by clowning)

October 21, 2016 3:55 pm

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.

October 21, 2016 4:05 pm

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

October 21, 2016 4:17 pm

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

Dave in Canmore
October 21, 2016 4:57 pm

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?

October 21, 2016 4:57 pm

Well, here is the Vox result:
comment image
You could spin it that they are more afraid of climate change than of dying. Or more afraid of clowns than terrorist attacks.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
October 21, 2016 5:00 pm

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

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  KevinK
October 21, 2016 7:17 pm

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.

Reply to  KevinK
October 21, 2016 11:13 pm

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

Reply to  Nick Stokes
October 21, 2016 10:01 pm

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.

Reply to  Nick Stokes
October 21, 2016 11:35 pm

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…?

Reply to  Nick Stokes
October 22, 2016 6:39 am

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

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Nick Stokes
October 22, 2016 11:28 am

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.

October 21, 2016 5:03 pm

Makes perfect sense to me.

October 21, 2016 5:53 pm

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.

Jeff L
October 21, 2016 6:05 pm

The climate clowns ( aka the alarmists) : most scary group of all :O

October 21, 2016 6:10 pm

At least clowns are REAL!

Paul Westhaver
October 21, 2016 6:15 pm

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…

Eugene WR Gallun
Reply to  Paul Westhaver
October 21, 2016 9:38 pm

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

October 21, 2016 6:28 pm
Alan Robertson
Reply to  OK S.
October 21, 2016 10:06 pm
Reply to  Alan Robertson
October 21, 2016 11:15 pm

Alan, I was going to make a comment to where all those stripes lead to but I’d better not.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
October 21, 2016 11:17 pm

Doesn’t she have that gesture down pat? Started at a young age and has perfected it. Who? Me??

October 21, 2016 6:52 pm

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

October 21, 2016 7:02 pm

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). 🙂

Stephen Richards
Reply to  Louis
October 22, 2016 7:32 am

That looks like an Ohio voting result.

October 21, 2016 7:27 pm

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.

Reply to  noaaprogrammer
October 21, 2016 11:12 pm

I think this might sum up the movie for those who never saw it.
Warning, violence etc…

Reply to  noaaprogrammer
October 21, 2016 11:15 pm

This is the best scene in the movie , in my opinion.

October 21, 2016 7:33 pm

Can you include mime artists in that category? If so, you can add me to the list of the 42%. I hate mimes…sorry, they creep me out…I think they are clowns.

Mickey Reno
October 21, 2016 7:44 pm

“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

October 21, 2016 7:45 pm

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

Reply to  commieBob
October 21, 2016 11:20 pm

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.

Reply to  commieBob
October 22, 2016 11:36 am

And yet we live.

October 21, 2016 9:19 pm

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

Chris Hanley
October 21, 2016 10:28 pm
Reply to  Chris Hanley
October 21, 2016 10:54 pm

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?

Pop Piasa
Reply to  William
October 21, 2016 11:18 pm

Seems to be asking why she’s not more ahead in the polls…

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
October 21, 2016 11:03 pm

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:

Reply to  Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
October 21, 2016 11:30 pm

…Well, that is 4 minutes of my life that I will never get back !! Thanx ,,,,

Reply to  Marcus
October 22, 2016 2:30 pm

I only got to 2:47.

Mickey Reno
Reply to  Marcus
October 22, 2016 3:08 pm

I think they should have found a way to work Super Scott Mandia into this production number. That really would have given it some legs.

Leo Smith
October 22, 2016 1:51 am

well with one clown or another guaranteed to be the POTUS it’s a scary prospect everywhere.

October 22, 2016 2:52 am

“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.

Reply to  markstoval
October 22, 2016 6:24 am

““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.

Reply to  TA
October 23, 2016 1:09 am

Yes, but will he be replaced by a treasonous, corrupt, scum of the earth slimeball?

October 22, 2016 7:33 am

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

October 22, 2016 8:48 am

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.

Reply to  vukcevic
October 22, 2016 9:59 am

…Vukcevic, I know of no device that cannot have it’s user name, password or device name changed.. What devices are you referring to ?

Reply to  Marcus
October 23, 2016 1:11 am

According to some of the reports these are IoT (Internet of Things) devices (security cameras, printers, thermostats, even fridges) containing chips made in China often protected by ‘pre-set’ usernames and passwords with no ‘admin’ access.

Reply to  Marcus
October 24, 2016 7:43 am
JB Say
October 22, 2016 11:02 am

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

Harry Passfield
October 22, 2016 11:19 am

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?)

October 22, 2016 2:11 pm

Just piling on…comment image

October 22, 2016 3:57 pm

“…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.

October 23, 2016 5:33 am

What people fear most: Corruptocracy,
the champion of which is our Hillary.
Not the Climate Change craze,
nor the terror we face.
The Clinton Foundation: Kleptocracy. https://lenbilen.com/2016/10/13/the-top-fear-corruptocracy-a-limerick/

Berényi Péter
October 23, 2016 10:24 am

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.

October 23, 2016 3:13 pm

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.

Get Real
October 24, 2016 11:37 pm

We ought all be wary of clowns these days. Especially the Intergovernmental Council of Climate Clowns.

November 3, 2016 1:29 pm

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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