Trump got you tense? A new study suggests it’s likely.
More and more Americans are becoming increasingly stressed about their country’s current political climate, according to the latest poll by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The poll, conducted between Jan. 4-19 with 1,019 U.S. residents over the age of 18, found that 57 percent of adult Americans consider the presidential election and its aftermath a significant source of stress. This is up from 52 percent in August.
The poll also found that Americans are feeling more stressed than they were pre-election, reporting on average that their stress levels had risen from 4.8 to 5.1 (out of 10) between August and January. This is the fastest increase on record since the APA’s first Stress in America survey in 2007.
Of course, stress levels differed depending on which side of the political spectrum respondents placed themselves. While 72 percent of Democrats considered the election outcome considerably stressful, just 26 percent of Republicans said the same. Nonetheless, 59 percent of Republicans said the future of the country is a significant source of stress, compared to 76 percent of Democrats.
"For many, the transition of power and the speed of change can cause uncertainty and feelings of stress, and that stress can have health consequences. If the 24-hour news cycle is causing you stress, limit your media consumption," said Katherine Nordal, APA's executive director for professional practice.
"Read enough to stay informed but then plan activities that give you a regular break from the issues and the stress they might cause. And remember to take care of yourself and pay attention to other areas of your life."