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Majority Of Americans Say Nation Has Hit Rock Bottom

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A mental health study has found that the majority of American adults believe that the U.S. has reached its lowest point in their lifetimes and that the future of the country weighs heavily on their psychological well-being.

On Nov. 1, a study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that 63 percent of national adults said that the future of America was a source of stress for them. The country's future trumped other stressors such as money or work in Americans' everyday lives.

The study also found that a majority of Americans believed that their country was at its most diminished, with 59 percent of national adults saying that the current state of America was the worst that they could remember.

"We're seeing significant stress transcending party lines," said APA Chief Executive Officer Arthur C. Evans Jr. "The uncertainty and unpredictability tied to the future of our nation is affecting the health and well-being of many Americans in a way that feels unique to this period in recent history."

Breaking down the data based on party affiliation, 73 percent of Democrats said that the future of America was a source of stress to them; 59 percent of independents and 56 percent of Republicans agreed.

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The media cycle was also a prominent stressor for Americans. An overwhelming 95 percent of national adults said that they read or watched the news on a regular basis, while 56 percent said the headlines caused them stress.

"With 24-hour news networks and conversations with friends, family and other connections on social media, it's hard to avoid the constant stream of stress around issues of national concern," Evans concluded.

Women had higher averages of stress than men, while black and Hispanic men had higher levels of stress than white men.

On Oct. 5, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll found that 64 percent of national adults said that the country was on the wrong track even though 53 percent believed that the U.S. economy was on an upswing, according to USA Today.

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On Oct. 31, the Gallup daily tracking survey found that 35 percent of national adults approved of U.S. President Donald Trump's job performance, while 61 percent disapproved.

RealClearPolitics, after aggregating eight national surveys released between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, found that only 31 percent of Americans believed that the U.S. was on the right track, while 60 percent said it was on the wrong track.

Sources: APA, GallupRealClearPolitics, USA Today / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Firesam!/Flickr, Mike Mozart/Flickr

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