US Political Climate Leading to Stress

While a surge in the stress factors is nothing new for APA researchers, this time around Americans can't find their peace of mind because of the latest developments on the political stage, found investigators.

Until past year, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work. While 72 percent of Democrats were stressed by the election result, only 26 percent of Republicans drew anxiety from Trump's win, the Hill reports. The health officials note that previous year was one of the worst in terms of nationwide anxiety levels because of the election. Unsurprisingly then, African-Americans surveyed by the APA poll reported higher levels of election-related stress than any other demographic group in the survey.

After a bruising election that saw Donald Trump take the reigns of a divided nation, two-thirds of Americans-including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans-say they are stressed about the future of the country, according to a recent survey (pdf) released by the American Psychological Association (APA). And it doesn't matter if you're liberal or conservative - in total, 66 percent of Americans are anxious about the future of the country, with 76 percent of Democrats reporting they're stressed and an entire 59 percent of Republicans saying the same, Bloomberg reports.

The new poll was done after the APA found previous year that the election was causing stress for 52 percent of Americans. That compares to 38 percent for those with a high school education or less. 57 percent of respondents said that the political climate either largely or somewhat contributed to their stress levels.

Meanwhile, 62 percent of urban dwellers were stressed by the election results while only 45 percent of respondents living in the suburbs felt similarly.

Vaile Wright, a licensed psychologist and member of APA's Stress in America team, speaking with the Washington Post, admitted the severity of the findings caught her off guard. Rural Americans were the most serene about Trump's victory, with only 33 percent feeling stress about the election result.

Young Americans continue to report higher stress levels than older generations, and Americans with lower incomes report more stress than those with higher incomes.

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