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Americans Are Living in Fear!

Editor’s Note

All IgniteAmerica Certified Statistics are supported by three or more major research studies. This makes them ironclad, but difficult to produce.  However, the proof that most Americans are living in fear is so overwhelming that, for the first time ever, this report combines three Certified Statistics in one for absolute confirmation.


Stat #1: 71% of all Americans Fear Corruption in Government Leaders.

Stat #2: 63% of all Americans fear really bad things will happen to them or to people they love.

Stat #3: 58% of all Americans Fear Financial Collapse.


Certified Statistic #1 is based on the following research:

65%    Pew Research Center, November 2020

66%    Public Religion Research Institute



77%    Survey of American Fears, Chapman University, 2019 up from 74 in 2018

Upshot and Siena College

The Upshot and Siena College

Times/Siena Survey


Certified Statistic #2 is based on the following research:

66%    Survey of American Fears, Chapman University, 2019

55%    YouGov, 2020

70%    American Enterprise Institute, 2020

60%    Morning Consult, 2020


Certified Statistic #3 is based on the following research:

60%    Survey of American Fears, Chapman University, 2019 (up from 55 in 2018)

59%    Marketplace-Edison, October 2020

54%    National Endowment for Financial Education, 2020


Cultural Context:

Anxiety has become America’s No. 1 health disorder because almost two-thirds of all Americans are living in fear. Overwhelmed by the sense of dread, most Americans feel like they’re being pushed off a cliff . . . losing faith in everything, including God.

This should not come as a surprise! In the entire Universe, the only immovable force is God Himself, the rock of our Salvation. Unless your hope is fixed on Him, there’s nothing solid to hold on to and fear can easily consume your life.

We’re living in a lost and depraved world because Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers (II Corinthians 4:4). More than 80% of all Americans are blinded to the truth of God’s Word and have lost their sense of direction. While some are evil, most Americans are simply lost and reacting to the fear that’s gripping them. That’s opportunity knocking!

This is an unprecedented moment in human history when almost everyone is wanting to escape their fears and are looking for help. As it happens, fear is a wonderful motivator for seeking God. That’s why the Church in China and the Middle East is exploding with growth. The darker it gets, the easier it is to lead people to Jesus. It’s entirely possible that God is allowing this chaos to reap a harvest before He returns.

The vaccine for fear is God’s Love! I John 4:18 tells us, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” It’s time for you to stock up on God’s love and distribute it to everyone you find who is living in fear. Jesus said, “They’ll know you’re my disciple by your love.” From here to Eternity, that’s your number one task.

How many unchurched people do you know? This Certified Statistic confirms that most Americans are living in fear . . . primed and ready to receive God’s love and protection. You’ll never have a better opportunity than right now to lead them to Jesus!

Scriptural Context:

Scriptures to Share With Those Living in Fear

God is Far Bigger Than Our Earthly Problems
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33

God’s Call to Those Living in Fear
Come to me all who are weary and carry heavy burden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you with my Righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares for you.
I Peter 5:7

I prayed to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4

The ‘Peace of God’
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27

Anxiety is Overrated
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
II Timothy 1:7

We Are People of Faith!
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.
Hebrews 11:1

For we live by faith and not by sight.
II Corinthians 5:7

Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6

In God Do We Trust
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my savior, my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.
II Samuel 22:2-3

We Are Christ’s Ambassadors
But for this purpose, I have raised you up, to show my power, so that My Name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
Exodus 9:16

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