More than half say politics is a source of stress

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Maintaining such high levels of constant stress puts a strain on your relationships, work and health, which only increases the stress.

The new poll was done after the APA found previous year that the election was causing stress for 52 percent of Americans. And over the course of the decade, stress levels had been gradually decreasing.

The last regular APA Harris poll was taken in August of previous year - but the Association commissioned an addition poll in January 2017, and that pol found the first spike in American stress levels since the survey began.

Americans rated themselves an a scale of 1-10. In August, 71 percent of Americans reported feeling a physical or emotional symptom of stress at least one day that month. In October, it released its results, and, ta-da, 52 percent of respondents indicated that they were stressed about the vote, Republicans and Democrats alike.

According to a new survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 66 percent of respondents report feeling increasingly stressed out by the current political climate and prospects for the nation's future.

The survey was conducted as part of a larger poll on stress in America, conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the APA.

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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. And while stress was an equalizer across different races and ethnicities, women reported higher levels of stress than men did. Researchers found that approximately 71 percent of USA citizens reported symptoms of emotional stress at least one day that month.

Stress as a direct result of Trump's victory varied along both partisan and geographical lines. Exit polls showed that while 57 percent of all white voters cast ballots for Trump, only 21 percent of non-white voters did so, with 74 percent of non-whites voting for Clinton.

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

"Read enough to stay informed but then plan activities that give you a regular break from the issues and the stress they might cause", she said.

Ultimately, individuals living urban areas, minority groups, people with college education, and millennials reported the highest levels of stress. When asked about the future of the country, 59 percent of Republicans said they were stressed, with 76 percent of Democrats reporting the same.

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