Overwhelming Stress, Anxiety and the Presidential Election

Voters for Which Candidate are Most Stressed Out?

  1. Hillary Clinton (Democrats)
  2. Donald Trump (Republicans)
  3. Jill Stein (Green)
  4. Gary Johnson (Libertarian)

Answer: It’s equally high for both Democrats and Republicans.

The American Psychology Association released a report that the 2016 Presidential election cycle is causing a lot of overwhelming stress for people on both sides of the aisle. While the report did not mention third parties or Independents, it did report the stress level is most significant for Senior and Millennial generation voters.

Obviously, stress and anxiety is not healthy. If you’re already feeling stressed, we recently mentioned how to reduce your anxiety.

“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.” (APA)

election-stress“In fact, the survey revealed that social media appears to affect Americans’ stress levels when it comes to the election and related topics. Nearly 4 in 10 adults (38 percent) say that political and cultural discussions on social media cause them stress. In addition, adults who use social media are more likely than adults who do not to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress (54 percent vs. 45 percent, respectively).” (APA)

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One of the easiest ways, therefore, to reduce your anxiety about this election is to avoid social media as much as you can. Take more breaks from behind the screen of your computer or mobile device.

Read more: 2016 Presidential Election Source of Significant Stress for More Than Half of Americans

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