A majority of Americans across all ages thinks the U.S. is at the lowest point in its history that they can remember, according to a poll by the American Psychological Association.
The APA’s “Stress in America” poll, which surveys what stresses Americans and how they deal with that stress, found that 59 percent of adults said they considered the present moment to be “the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.”
The poll, first reported by Axios after its release Monday, notes that this includes adults who have lived through World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the 9/11 attacks.
A lot of this stress can be put down to the vigorous 2016 election, which proved to be a “somewhat or very significant” reason for stress for 52 percent of Americans. Meanwhile, money and work remain high stressors for Americans (62 and 61 percent respectively), according to the poll.
Stagnating middle and lower class wages and the financialization of the western economies are behind an awful lot of the political woes that are besetting the West. Yet hardly anyone talks about it; it’s hidden in plain sight. For an increasing number, money’s too tight to mention.