APA: Current presidential election causing stress to Americans

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52% of Americans aged 18 and older said the election is a somewhat or very significant source of stress.
52% of Americans aged 18 and older said the election is a somewhat or very significant source of stress.

(HealthDay News) — The US presidential election has caused stress for more than half of American adults, regardless of party affiliation, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association.

Overall, 52% of Americans aged 18 and older said the election is a somewhat or very significant source of stress. That included 55% who align with Democrats and 59% with Republicans.

The survey also found that 38% of respondents said political and cultural discussions on social media cause them stress. More than 50% who use social media said the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, compared with 45% of those who don't use social media. Men and women were equally likely to feel stressed by the Trump-Clinton battle, but there were differences between generations.

Only 45% of Generation Xers -- those born from 1965 to 1980 -- reported election stress, while nearly 6 out of 10 (59%) "Matures" did so, according to the online survey conducted in August. Matures were born pre-1946. In addition, 56% of millennials and 50% of baby boomers said the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.

Reference

  1. American Psychological Association. PA survey reveals 2016 presidential election source of significant stress for more than half of Americans. APA. 13 October 2016. http://bit.ly/2dZmM8l.
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