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Poll: Majority believe America is at its lowest point ever

Most blamed the media for their added stress

(National SentinelSurvey Says: A clear majority of Americans in all age groups believe that their country is at its historical low point, according to a recently-released poll by the American Psychological Association.

The organization’s “Stress in America” poll, which asks what is stressing out Americans and how they are dealiing with it, found that 59 percent of adults believe the present day  to be “the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”

The poll, first reported by Axios after its release Monday, further noted that this includes adults who have lived through World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 9/11 attacks.

Much of the stress is attributable to the 2016 presidential election result, proving to be a “somewhat or very significant” reason for mounting stress among 52 percent of Americans.

At the same time, money and work are also high stressors for Americans (62 percent and 61 percent, respectively), the survey noted.

“While an overall majority of adults from both parties are stressed about America’s future, the APA poll found that the number is higher for Democrats — with 73 percent of Democrats stressed, compared to 59 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents,” Breitbart News reported.

Regarding public policy issues, those surveyed put health care (43 percent) and the economy (35 percent) as top stressors.

Via the poll:

Additional issues causing stress for about three in 10 Americans include trust in government (32 percent), crime and hate crimes (31 percent), and terrorist attacks in the United States (30 percent). Around one-quarter of adults (28 percent) cited high taxes as a source of stress, while one in five Americans cited unemployment and low wages (22 percent) and climate change and environmental issues (21 percent) as causes of stress when thinking about the nation.

The APA noted that women saw an increase in stress from 2016 to 2017, while men on average saw their stress fall.

Most blamed the media for their added stress (56 percent), while nearly three-quarters of respondents accused the media of blowing events “out of proportion.”

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