Americans are about as stressed as they've ever been.

Of course, the data does diverge a bit between political parties: While 72 percent of Democrats have found the results of the election to be a "significant source of stress", only 26 percent of Republicans agreed.

Not only that, our stress levels are now at a historic high. In fact almost three of every four Democrats, 72 percent, said that Trump was causing them significant stress. But 2016 was the first year that APA asked about the impact of politics, an addition prompted when psychologists who are part of the organization reported a spike in patient anxiety about the 2016 election.

The APA findings-contained in their Stress In America: Coping With Change (pdf) report-reveal that 57 percent of those surveyed said that politics have become either a "very" or "somewhat" significant source of anxiety in their lives.

Americans' opinions on the election outcome were divided along partisan lines.

The most recent "Stress in America" survey, conducted by Harris Poll in January 2017, reports that 57% of Americans find the current political climate to be "a very or somewhat significant source 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.

While barely more than 40 percent of whites said they were significantly stressed out by the Trump victory, almost 70 percent of blacks reported high stress levels caused by the election results.

Geographic location also appears to have played a role, with 62 percent of those in urban areas reporting stress, compared to 45 percent in the suburbs and 33 percent in rural areas.

Still, 59 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats agreed that the future of the nation was a significant source of stress. The August poll showed more than half of 3,511 respondents were stressed about the election. Stress had also varied among different age demographics, with millennials (defined as 18-37 years old) reporting the most stress about the election outcome. For example, 53 percent of those with more than a high school education reported stress caused by the election outcome.


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