Americans Are More Stressed Than Ever - & Yes, The Election Is To Blame

The survey - which included 1,019 Americans surveyed from Jan. 5 to Jan. 19 - also reports that "Americans' overall average reported stress level rose from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale" between August of last year and January of this year.

So far, individuals questioned in regard to their emotional balance were required to answer questions based on money, personal life issues, and work.

For Democrats, 72 percent said the outcome was stressful, while 26 percent of Republicans said the same.

Researchers from the American Psychological Association found that 57 percent of Americans say the "current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress", according to a poll done in January.

After a series of incidents over the past few years in which African-American citizens were gunned down by police officers, Trump has announced measures to give police more authority and latitude. And over the course of the decade, stress levels had been gradually decreasing. And while stress was an equalizer across different races and ethnicities, women reported higher levels of stress than men did. Exit polls showed that while 57 percent of all white voters cast ballots for Trump, only 21 percent of non-white voters did so, with 74 percent of non-whites voting for Clinton.

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.

This is the highest significant increase in stress in 10 years.

Ultimately, individuals living urban areas, minority groups, people with college education, and millennials reported the highest levels of stress.

In regard to the elections, the team of researchers revealed that 49 percent of Americans reported stress about the election outcome, 57 of the subjects were anxious about the current state of politics, and 66 percent US citizens were losing sleep over the direction the country is headed.

But concern about the future of America runs across party lines. "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". Rural Americans were the most serene about Trump's victory, with only 33 percent feeling stress about the election result.

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