In August previous year, the APA added political questions to its survey.
"The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it", said Katherine C. Nordal, APA's executive director for professional practice.
72% of Democrats report the outcome of the Presidential election is a major stressor.
It's worth noting that prior to the election, Americans' stress level was on the decline - and in the ten years since they've been conducting the survey, the APA has never before seen such a significant increase in stress. Minority groups, millennials, those living in urban areas, and those with a college education had higher levels of stress about the election, which is unsurprising since those demographics tend to lean left politically.
Since August, the percentage of Americans saying personal safety is a very or somewhat significant source of stress increased from 29 percent to 34 percent - the highest percentage noted since the question was first asked in 2008.
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The survey was conducted in August 2016 and January 2017. That inspired the Stress in America team to put together a follow-up survey, which was administered online in January to 1,109 adults aged 18 or older.
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The political climate in the USA seems to affect American citizens.
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The survey was conducted among 1,019 adults who reside in the United States, asking them to rate the sources of their stress, including the political climate, the future of our nation and the outcome of the 2016 USA presidential election. 76% of them said that they fear for their future. The August poll showed more than half of 3,511 respondents were stressed about the election.
The APA reported that Americans' level of stress increases when thinking at the future of their nation.
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Nordal also pointed out that while APA concentrated on reporting the level of stress in Americans concerning political changes, people had also reported other problems, like police violence toward minorities, personal safety, and acts of terrorism, which are factors that add up to their stress level.
This marks the 10-year anniversary of the Stress in America report, part one of a two-part release.