(HealthDay News) — A new survey of American workers finds political conflicts in the workplace are creating stress and taking a toll on job performance. The poll was conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The new online survey, which took place in February and March, included 1,311 US adults employed either full-time or part-time. For comparison purposes, the APA researchers also analyzed a pre-election online survey conducted in September that involved 927 American workers. The more recent survey found that 26% of workers said they felt tense or stressed ever since the election, due to political discussions at work. This compared to 17% noted in the September poll.

Political debates at work also left 21% of workers feeling more cynical and negative during the workday, compared to 15% before the election, the survey showed. One in 6 of those polled said political debates since the election have strained their relationships at work. The researchers found that 16% of the participants viewed their co-workers in a more negative light, 16% felt more isolated from others in their workplace, 17% said their teamwork suffered, and 18% perceived their workplace as a more hostile environment. Cynicism and negativity among women increased dramatically since the election and the political discussions that have ensued, jumping from 9% before the election to 20% afterwards.

Getting work done was more difficult due to political debates since the election for 15% of the employees polled. Work quality suffered among 13% and productivity fell for 14%, the survey found.


  1. Political talk plagues workers months after US election. American Psychological Association. Published May 3, 2017. Accessed May 4, 2017.