"To be fair, though, while the root 'phobia' does mean 'fear', it doesn't al words ending with the -phobia suffix necessarily mean 'a fear of X', for meanings can change with time." I agree, but the reason I posted this poll wasn't exactly for arachnophobia, it was for phobias in general.
I don't "fear" all spiders, some I do. I don't go out of my way to shoot them with a gun, I work very hard to get them away from the interior of my home, but don't want to kill every last one of them. A little fear, a little hate.
I should also note that I am working hard to break the cycle with my son. There are garter snake everywhere in our yard. Lots of them. The dog loves them. My wife (brave woman) picked one up for the boy to play with. I would like him to come at these things as "clean" as possible. I really have a thing for all animals. They love me, I love them. It has been a kinship throughout my life, and critical to my happiness. However! I have some built-in prodigious about insects and many "things that swim". I would like to have my son not see this prodigious.
"You are not really likely to like something that you are phobic of, but there is always the exception."
There is actually quite a bit of exceptions, you got people who respect what spiders do for the word but have a fear of them. You also have people who don't use the word hate. You also have some people who claim they love all living things but also have a fear of spiders.