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USA stress levels highest in 10 years following Donald Trump's election victory

USA stress levels highest in 10 years following Donald Trump's election victoryā€¯

America is getting stressed out - by politics.

Almost half of Americans, 49 percent, say the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was also a source of stress, but there were differences depending on which party those polled belonged to. The spiking stress levels are not spread equally among all Americans, with groups most likely to be affected by Trump's presidency showing the highest levels of stress.

57% of Republicans said the future of the nation was a significant point of stress, where 76% of Democrats said the same.

The APA gauged stress levels in August 2017 and January 2017, and the results of the January poll showed the largest increase in stress in the survey's 10-year history. The American Psychological Association has found that Americans are experiencing the highest levels of stress that they've had in the past 10 years, The Washington Post reports.

Furthermore, around 66 percent of US adults are stressed about the country's future, 57 percent about the political climate, and other 49 percent about the outcome of this presidential election.

While barely more than 40 percent of whites said they were significantly stressed out by the Trump victory, almost 70 percent of blacks reported high stress levels caused by the election results.

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Stress, of course, can have a negative impact on a person's health, in addition to straining relationships or work. The study published and conducted in August found that 52 percent of Americans reported stress caused by the election.

Roughly 55 percent of Latinos and Asians reported high levels of election-related stress.

Broken down into two-party numbers, 72% of Democrats report the outcome of the 2016 election as a significant form of stress, where only 26% of Republicans say the same.

Stress as a direct result of Trump's victory varied along both partisan and geographical lines.

Education also plays a role in how stressed Americans are, according to the APA.

Sixty-two percent of people living in urban areas reported very or somewhat significant stress related to the election outcome, while only 45 percent of those living in suburban areas and 33 percent of people living in rural areas said the same. "It seems to suggest that what people thought would happen, that there would be relief [after the election] did not occur, and instead since the election, stress has increased".



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