In a recent University of Sheffield study they found that over 250 children with ages ranging from 4 to 16 disliked clowns.
What percentage of the kids in the study disliked clowns? 100%! All the kids surveyed did not like the clowns.
Some interesting quotes from the article:
We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable. –Dr. Penny Curtis, Senior Researcher
Very few children like clowns. They are unfamiliar and come from a different era. They don’t look funny, they just look odd. –Patricia Doorbar, Child Pyschologist
Even infants know that clowns are creepy :)