All Americans, whether they are Republicans or Democrats, are being stressed by the nation’s current political atmosphere and Donald Trumps election as president of the United States.
Findings from a recent poll by the American Psychological Association found that 57% of polltakers said to be stressed significantly, or somewhat stressed, as a result of the political climate.
“The stress we’re seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it’s hard for Americans to get away from it,” said the executive director for the APA’s professional practice, Katherine C. Nordal, PhD. “We’re surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most.”
Results and Findings
Around two-thirds of the individuals polled, or 66%, said the idea of the future of America stressed them, and almost half, 49%, said the recent election’s outcome was either very significant or significant source to their stress.
Democrats are especially stressed by the political outcome of the recent election, as 72% stated that Hilary Clinton’s defeat was a “significant” source of their stress. Only around 26% of the Republican partakers of the poll agreed.
Of the Republicans polled, 59% said that the future of America is significantly stressful, in contrast to 76% of Democrats who agreed.
Stress From The Political Climate
The increasing percentage of American residents who were said to experience one symptom or more of stress in the past few weeks went from 71% in August, to 80% in January of this year
So what does this indicate to reseearchers or Americans? The APA says that these numbers are indicative of a huge increase of stress in the average American.
“The results of the January 2017 poll shows a statistically significant increase in stress for the first time since the survey was conducted in 2007,” the study said.