More Than Half Of Americans Are Stressed By Politics

National stress levels had steadily declined since 2007 to 2012, with most Americans citing money, work and the economy as their biggest stressors.

For Democrats, 72 percent said the outcome was stressful, while 26 percent of Republicans said the same. The health officials note that previous year was one of the worst in terms of nationwide anxiety levels because of the election.

However, 59 percent of Republicans surveyed said the future of the nation was a source of stress.

The last regular APA Harris poll was taken in August of past year - but the Association commissioned an addition poll in January 2017, and that pol found the first spike in American stress levels since the survey began.

The matter is even worse as immigrants, Muslim Americans, and victims of sexual assault are even more susceptible to greater stress since the election.

According to a new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), two-thirds of respondents admit feeling increasingly stressed out by the current political climate and prospects for the nation's future. That compares to 38 percent for those with a high school education or less. 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. And over the course of the decade, stress levels had been gradually decreasing.

The demographic stress levels line up with the election results.

The data also indicated that American Americans were the most stressed racial groups while Caucasians were the least stressed. The August poll showed more than half of 3,511 respondents were stressed about the election.

Young Americans continue to report higher stress levels than older generations, and Americans with lower incomes report more stress than those with higher incomes. And not only did overall stress increase, what we found in January is the highest significant increase in stress in 10 years. "It seems to suggest that what people thought would happen, that there would be relief [after the election] did not occur, and instead since the election, stress has increased".

  • Lila Blake