Clowns Are Officially More Terrifying Than Terrorism, Dying

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If you ask the American public, clowns are more terrifying than terrorism or biological warfare.

A poll conducted by Vox and Morning Consult found 42 percent of Americans are afraid of the face-painted demons menacing our streets at night.

Of the 1,999 people surveyed, the only thing scarier than clowns is corrupt government.

The American public is more afraid of clowns than the death of a family member and gun rights infringement. Surprisingly, coulrophobia (fear of clowns) inspires more dread than terrorism, which only 41 percent of Americans find terrifying.

It isn’t just creepy, evil looking clowns that freak us out. The poll asked Americans how scary they found an assortment of different images of clowns. Unsurprisingly, the “street clowns,” whose demonic faces are now infamous on Facebook, were considered the “most creepy.” Even Ronald McDonald is now maligned by the American population, with 33 percent of respondents saying he was at least “a little creepy,” and 8 percent claiming the McDonald’s icon was “very creepy.” This means Ronald McDonald is officially more terrifying than the existential dread that dying inspires.

The poll demonstrated that the public is not impressed with local authorities’ reactions to the hysteria created by street clowns. Two out of three Americans want our police to crack down harder on clowns scaring people in public places. Staggeringly, one out of three believe the FBI should be more involved in tackling the issue.

Thankfully, the White House has our backs. Recently, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said local authorities should be doing more to deal with this issue. “Obviously, this is a situation that local law enforcement authorities take quite seriously,” said Earnest. “They should thoroughly review perceived threats to the safety of the community.”

On a related note, Obamacare terrifies 36 percent of Americans.

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