As shown above, out of five general fears, the most common was skydiving (81%), followed by investing in the stock market (62%), dying (58%), public speaking (57%), and losing my job (37%). Slightly more people feared death than public speaking.
As also shown above, the most common general and financial fear was that there will be another financial crisis (83%), which even outranked skydiving (81%). (Click on the bar chart for a larger, clearer image). Public speaking only was ranked 10th out of those 15 general and financial fears, very far from the typical claim that it is number one.