Democrats and Republicans alike are stressed out when they think about the future of America and the political climate
It’s the first time since the American Psychological Association started the annual “Stress in America: Coping with Change” survey 10 years ago that this level of anxiety about the political climate and the country’s future has been reported, said Lynn Bufka, associate executive director for practice, research and policy at the APA.
“People are saying they’re more stressed now than they have been in quite some time,” said Bufka. “We don’t necessarily know all the whys, but we do know what some of the sources of stress are.”
In addition to the economy, work and money stress, which annually are in the top three stressors, 57% of Americans polled in January said that the political climate is a very significant or somewhat significant source of stress, according to the online Harris Poll survey in early January. Nearly half of Americans polled — 49% — said the same about the outcome of the election.
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