CareDash Survey: Majority of Americans Still Suffer From Election Results Anxiety as President’s 100th Day Draws Near

Trump anxiety is real and the United States is currently a nervous nation.

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, America is a nation on edge.

“Nervous Nation: An Inside Look at America’s Anxiety in the Age of Trump,” reveals that Americans are dealing with depression, weight gain, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, relationship distress, resentment, anger and feelings of nervousness (some of the more common symptoms of anxiety) because of the November election results; and that this anxiety is manifesting itself in more negative behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing with loved ones. Key groups affected by the growing anxiety include men (more so than women), and those with children in the home. Surprisingly, even Trump voters are not immune to feeling anxious.

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.

“Nervous Nation: An Inside Look at America’s Anxiety in the Age of Trump:”

Key Data:

Overview:

  • More than half (59%) of Americans are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results. The national survey findings mirror an online poll of CareDash newsletter subscribers which found that 55% of respondents are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results.
  • Nearly three-fourths (71%) of people 18-44 are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results.
  • Half (50%) of Americans are looking for ways to cope with the negative political environment.
  • Over one-third (39%) of Americans are avoiding social media to reduce their anxiety around the political comments.

Men vs. Women:

  • 54% of men are more anxious because of the January inauguration vs. 48% of women.
  • 51% of men who have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety have seen or considered seeing a doctor for their symptoms vs. 28% of women.
  • 32% of men report engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing more with loved ones because of the November election results vs. 21% of women.
  • 13% of men are having less sex since the November election vs. 9% of women.

Adults Living with Children in the Household:

  • 72% of adults with children in the household are at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results vs. 51% of adults without children in the household.
  • 59% of adults with children in the household have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety vs. 36% of adults without children in the household.
  • 57% of adults 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 adults without children in the household.
  • 44% of adults with children in the household and only 15% of adults without children in the household report engaging more in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing because of the November election results.
  • 48% of adults with children in the household and only 33% of adults without children in the household report avoiding social media to reduce anxiety around political comments.

Americans aged 18-44:

  • 71% of Americans aged 18-44 report feeling anxious because of the November election results.
  • 56% of Americans aged 18-44 have reported experiencing some of the more common symptoms of anxiety because of the November election results and of these, 49% have seen or considered seeing a doctor for their symptoms.
  • 41% of Americans aged 18-44 report engaging more in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing because of the November election results. In comparison, only 13% of Americans aged 45+ report engaging more in these unhealthy behaviors.
  • 68% of Americans aged 18-44 agree that Donald Trump as President is causing more people to have anxiety.
  • Over half (51%) of Americans aged 18-44 report that they are avoiding social media to reduce their anxiety around political comments and 57% report that they are looking for ways to cope with the negative political environment.

Trump Voters:

  • 43% of Trump voters report feeling at least somewhat anxious because of the November election results.
  • 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.
  • Almost a third of Trump voters (32%) have experienced some of the more common symptoms of anxiety because of the November election results.

Regional Breakdown:

  • More than half of Americans in the West (52%) reported experiencing some of the more common symptoms of anxiety because of the November election results. This is higher than any other region in the country.
  • 66% of Americans in the West and 65% of Americans in the Northeast report feeling anxious because of the November election results
  • 32% of Americans in the West report engaging more in unhealthy behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthy or arguing because of the November election results. This uptick is higher than any other region in the country.
  • 56% of Americans in the West are looking for ways to cope with the negative political environment.
  • 69% of Americans in the Northeast agree that Donald Trump as President is causing more people to have anxiety.
References
  1. The poll was conducted by Radius Global Market Research of 2,135 adults US adults aged 18 and over who were surveyed online between March 23-27, 2017. The CareDash survey was conducted March 25, 2017- April 2, 2017 of 642 CareDash newsletter subscribers.
  2. The symptoms of anxiety included in the survey are the most common symptoms of anxiety according to 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.