The political climate in the United States is stressing out Americans, according to a new study.
Almost half of Americans, 49 percent, say the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was also a source of stress, but there were differences depending on which party those polled belonged to.
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. Stress levels had spiked by January 2017. Majorities of both Republicans (59 percent) and Democrats (76 percent) say they are significantly anxious about the nation in the long run. Now that people are citing politics as a serious stressor in their lives, APA researchers included in their survey questions relating to the country's officials.
By race, the highest proportion of respondents stressed about the election outcome was among black Americans-with 69% reporting such stress-followed by 57% of Asian respondents, and 56% of Hispanic respondents.
According to the statistics from the American Psychological Association, stress has become a major public health concern among Americans.
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The latest survey also found that 66 percent of respondents were stressed out about the future of the country. Some 57% of the 1,019 respondents pointed to the current political climate as a very or somewhat significant source of stress, and almost 49% say the same about the outcome of the election.
Trump-related stress levels of Americans with different levels of education also correspond to the election results. Those living in urban areas, those with a college education, millennials, and minority groups reported elevated levels of anxiety related to the election.
"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number", Wright told the Post. Rural Americans were the most serene about Trump's victory, with only 33 percent feeling stress about the election result. "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".