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Poll: Most Americans Say Politics a Source of Stress

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 04:24 PM

The majority of Americans find today's political climate to be a source of stress, according to a poll from the American Psychological Association.

  • Fifty-seven percent said the current political climate is a "somewhat" or "very" significant source of stress in their lives.
  • Sixty-six percent said the future of the nation is a source of stress.
  • Forty-nine percent the outcome of the recent election is a source of stress.

Additionally, the poll found that the vast majority of Democrats found President Donald Trump's victory stressful, while just about a quarter of Republicans said the same, though the numbers were closer on the future of the nation.

  • Seventy-two percent of Democrats found Trump's victory stressful.
  • Twenty-six percent of Republicans say the same.
  • Seventy-six percent of Democrats are stressed about the future of the country.
  • Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say the same.

"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number," Vaile Wright, psychologist and a member of the APA's Stress in America team, told The Washington Post after the poll was released.

"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. And not only did overall stress increase, what we found in January is the highest significant increase in stress in 10 years. That's stunning."

She recommends that people disconnect from the steady stream of news out of Washington, warning against excessive vigilance.

"It's not just about who won the election. It's having a much larger impact, and it likely has to do with this global sense of uncertainty, divided-ness and this unprecedented speed of change," she said. "So we try to seek out ways to control it, which is to be informed. And while it's really important to stay informed right now, there's a point where you have to know your limits; there's a saturation point where there isn't new information."

The APA poll was conducted by Harris Poll online, from Jan. 5-19, among 1,019 adults, though Harris Poll released no margin of error, seeing that term as "misleading."

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