Feeling a bit stress out?
You’re far from alone if the answer is “yes.”
According to survey conducted by Harris Polls for the American Psychological Association, over 50% of Americans are dealing with either a somewhat or significant amount of stress over the upcoming presidential election.
Interestingly, the results showed that it is almost an equal amount of Republicans and Democrats who are feeling the heat.
According to the APA:
“We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” said Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy. Across party lines, those registered as Democrats (55 percent) and Republicans (59 percent) are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.
“Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory,” said Bufka.
The results were also almost equal among men and women who say they are feeling election stress by 51% and 52% respectively.
One of the culprits is social media, according to the study. Nearly 4 in 10 Americans say online discussions regarding politics add to the tension. That’s not surprising given the highly polarized and divided climate Americans have endured under the Obama regime.
And it’s all coming to a climax. In three short, and sure-to-be tumultuous weeks, Americans will determine their country’s fate.
There is good reason to be stressed.
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