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VOA慢速英语:美国人最害怕什么?

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What Do Americans Fear Most?

美国人最害怕什么?

Do you think Americans are more afraid of possible terrorist attacks or U.S. government corruption?

你认为美国人最害怕的是恐怖袭击还是政府的腐败问题呢?

If you guessed U.S. government corruption, you would be correct. It turns out Americans are more afraid of U.S. government corruption than a possible terrorist attack!

如果你的答案是政府腐败问题的话,那你就猜对了。越来越多的事实证明,美国人相对恐怖袭击来说,更害怕政府里面存在腐败问题。

At least that is what a Chapman University surveyfound. The researchers say 58 percent of people they asked said they were either afraid, or very afraid, of corruption by government officials. 44.4 percent fear man-made disasters, like terrorist attacks.

至少这是查普曼大学的调查结果。研究者发现在被调查者中,58%的人对于政府官员存在的腐败问题较为害怕,或者很害怕。44.4%的人更害怕人为的灾难,比如恐怖袭击。

Government corruption tops the list of 88 possible fears and anxieties that people were asked about. The university questioned 1,541 people across the country.

在88个可能存在的恐惧和焦虑中,政府腐败问题排在首位。这是查普曼大学对于全国各地的1541位调查者调查问卷的结果。

Almost half of Americans say they fear cyberterrorism. They also fear having their online information tracked by the government and corporations.

几乎一半的美国人称他们害怕网络恐怖主义。他们还担心政府和企业盗取他们的网上信息。

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Chapman University in Orange, California, asked Americas what scares them the most. Their answer? Government corruption. (Terrorism came in second.)

The university survey grouped fear into 10 major categories. They include crime, personal anxieties and technology. They also include both man-made and natural disasters. The rest of the top 10 fears were corporate tracking personal information, terror attacks, biological warfare, identity theft, running out of money, and credit card fraud.

此次调查分为十大类恐惧,涉及犯罪、个人焦虑、和新技术。也涉及人为的灾难和自然灾害。剩下的十大恐惧为某些企业跟踪用户网上信息、恐怖袭击、生物战争、身份盗窃、资金短缺、和信用卡诈骗。

In the end, people seem to be more afraid of man-made disasters than those nature gives us.

最后发现,相对那些自然灾害,人们似乎更害怕人为制造的一些灾难。

When it comes to natural disasters, the ones most-feared are pandemics – not hurricanes or earthquakes. Fear of reptiles, like snakes, tops the list of personal anxieties. The main environmental concern is global warming.

说到自然灾害,人们最怕的是传染病,而不是飓风或者地震一类的。在个人恐惧的列表中,像蛇一类的爬行动物位列榜首。对于环境存在的焦虑是全球变暖问题。

When the subject is daily life, death is what people fear most.

在日常生活中,人们最害怕的就是死亡了。

Also, some on the list of fears were not so surprising, like war, insects, loneliness, the dark, and a fear of heights.

也有些位于列表中的,像战争、虫害、孤独、黑暗、恐高等等这些就没什么稀奇了。

I’m Anne Ball.

我是 Anne Ball。

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Words in This Story

anxieties– n. fear, or feeling nervous

cyberterrorism –n. terrorism to damage or disrupt computer systems

categories – n. groups of things that are similar

fraud –n. crime of using dishonest ways to take something from someone

pandemic –n. a disease that spreads quickly and affects a large number of people throughout the world

reptile –n. an animal like a snake or alligator that has cold blood, lays eggs, and has a body covered in scales or hard parts

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