Americans Stressed Over Presidential Elections: Here’s How To Cope Until November 8
The U.S 2016 Presidential Election is just a few weeks away and a recent study found that this nationally significant event caused stress to more than a half of adult Americans.Advertisement
There’s been so much stress affecting the nation that one association had decided to to do a poll concerning pre-election stress levels in the U.S.
According to a preview data from the Stress in America poll, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), the upcoming presidential election on November 8 is equally stressful regardless of one’s political party—Republicans or Democrats.
Presidential Elections And Stress
Based on the preliminary data conducted by the Harris Poll, it showed that the majority of adult Americans surveyed or around 52 percent said the upcoming presidential election is a ‘very or somewhat significant’ stressor whether you support the Democrat Hillary Clinton or the Republican Donald Trump.
The online poll was conducted by the firm on behalf of the APA among adult Americans age 18 and above, which asked about the respondents’ sources of stress in relation to the upcoming presidential elections just a few weeks from now.
In the study briefer, Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy said presidential election is equally stressful for individuals on either side of the political fence.
Who are more stressed?
Specifically, around 55 percent of registered Democrats and 59 percent registered Republicans, which is considered statistically tied, said the November 8 elections is a significant source of stress for them.
“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.”
“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,” Bufka said in the APA report.
According to the APA report, one of the most effective coping mechanisms to combat the stress caused by the elections is to limit one’s exposure to social media sites and other means to access frequent newsfeed on the elections.
Meanwhile, a recent joint online poll conducted by the ABC News and Washington Post revealed that Clinton leads Trump by just 4-point margin. Based on the report, Clinton now got 47 among likely voters compared with Trump’s 43 percent in the presidential race.