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New Study Shows Majority of Americans Still Suffer From Election Results Anxiety as President’s 100th Day Draws Near
Anxiety levels affect men, those with children in the home and even Trump voters
Cambridge, MA; April 20, 2017— Following one of the most controversial presidential elections in history and a “First 100 Days” marked by contentious executive orders, travel bans, military strikes, suspicions of foreign election tampering, healthcare debates and threats to our national security, the United States has become a nation on edge, according to a new poll by Radius Global Market Research commissioned by healthcare review site CareDash.com.
Nervous Nation: An Inside Look at America’s Anxiety in the Age of Trump” a poll of over 2,000 adults aged 18 and older surveyed between March 23-27, 2017, more than half of Americans (59%) report being at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results, with nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans aged 18-44 reporting feeling anxious due to the results. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) agree that Donald Trump as president is causing more people to have anxiety.
“The November election results created the ‘perfect storm’ of rising anxiety and it’s affecting our national health,” says CareDash Medical Advisor and Washington, DC-area therapist, Dr. Steven Stosny (PhD). “Anxiety and nervousness stem from the fear that something bad might happen. These feelings are intensified in times of uncertainty and are also contagious. What we see now is Americans trying to grapple with the uncertainty of a President known for bold and unexpected behavior, as well as a 24-hour news cycle driven in part by social media platforms that have amplified political worries.”
Americans are also engaging in more unhealthy behavior as a result of the November election. Nearly half of Americans (45%) have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety such as depression, weight gain, trouble sleeping, relationship distress, resentment and anger and feelings of nervousness. Of this group, nearly half (48%) of those Americans with some symptoms of anxiety and more than half (60%) aged 18-44 report engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing because of the November election results. Nearly half of Americans (47%) aged 18-44 who have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety also report sleeping less or having less sex because of the election.
Key Groups Affected by the Election
The current political environment is particularly affecting men as well as those with children in the household; and even Trump voters are feeling anxious. Key survey findings include:
Men vs. Women
- 54% of men report feeling more anxious because of the January inauguration; and of those who have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety, 51% have seen or considered seeing a doctor for their symptoms.
- In comparison, only 48% of women are feeling more anxious because of the January inauguration and only 28% who have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety have seen or considered seeing a doctor for their symptoms.
Americans Living with Children
- 72% of Americans with children in the household are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results versus 51% percent of people without children in the household.
- 57% of Americans with children in the household who have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety have seen or considered seeing a doctor for their symptoms as compared to only 22% of people without children in the household.
- 43% of Trump voters report feeling anxious because of the November election.
- 42% of Trump voters also agree that the President is causing more people to have anxiety.
- 41% of Trump voters are looking for ways to cope with the negative political environment and 36% are avoiding social media to reduce anxiety around political comments.
“The survey’s findings that more men than women are actively seeking medical help for Trump-induced anxiety is contradictory to established psychological research which has repeatedly shown that men are less likely than women to seek help from physicians and mental health professionals,” added Stosny. “What we are experiencing now is a new phenomenon where men, facing an onslaught of continued breaking new alerts, social media comments and alternative facts, feel that they no longer have the control or ability to protect their families in these uncertain times.”
CareDash, an online healthcare portal that seeks to democratize the doctor review industry through 100% honest and transparent reviews, commissioned the poll by Radius Global to better understand how the current political environment is affecting the mental health of their users and the general population. The current study findings mirror those found in an online poll of CareDash newsletter subscribers which found that 55% of respondents are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results.
Political Anxiety Men vs. Women in America
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Political Anxiety Among Americans with children in the household
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- Details on the survey findings are available at www.CareDash.com/nervous-nation
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The survey was conducted online within the United States by Radius Global Market Research on behalf of CareDash between March 23-27, among 2,135 adults ages 18+ who reside in the U.S. Surveys were conducted in English. Data were weighted to reflect U.S. Census data. Weighting variables included age, gender and region.
The symptoms of anxiety included in the survey are the most common symptoms of anxiety as provided by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Mayo Clinic and include weight gain, weight loss, depression, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, feelings of nervousness, relationship distress and resentment or anger.