According to the American Psychological Association, this year’s election has been more than stressful for the Americans. More precisely, election stress affected half of those voters.
The survey included all American citizens regardless of their ethnicity or age. As tomorrow it will be decided who is going to be the next U.S. president, people are more stressed than ever. The complete study will be revealed in January 2017.
Around 3,500 American adults participated in the survey which was made online. Harris Poll, the APA representative, interviewed 3255 people in English and other 256 people in Spanish.
Based on the findings, election stress has taken its toll on 52 percent of Americans, who believe that the 2016 presidential election represents a stressful and hostile campaign. Also, specialists established that people who regarded the election stressful had an average stress level of around 5.1, where 10 represents a high level of stress and one is somewhere between little to no stress.
Participants who said that they were not affected by election stress had a median stress level of about 4.4. According to Dr. Vaile Wright, APA’s Research Director, Americans are affected by this year’s election because the presidential campaign has been more hostile than ever.
Based on ethnicity, the results showed that Hispanics experienced the highest levels of election stress, as 56 percent of them were affected by the campaign, while 52 percent of Native Americans and Whites were stressed by the election as well.
Over 45 percent of Blacks and other 43 percent of Asians were also affected by the presidential election. In case Trump wins, around 11.3 million Hispanics will most likely be deported, so that is why they are most stressed.
Trump also promised to build a wall that would separate the United States from Mexico. According to Dr. Asim Shah from the Baylor College of Medicine, people shouldn’t worry about these things, although both candidates promised to hold on to their promises.
Shah underlined that no politician could carry out everything he or she plans to do because the United States political system is very rigorous.
Shah’s piece of advice is simple: people should avoid any exposure to social media related to politics in order to reduce the election stress. It means that they should no longer watch TV programs related to the presidential campaign as well. Plus, they should refrain themselves from any political conversations, because people have various opinions.
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