The vast majority of Americans say the future of their country is a significant source of stress and that this is the lowest point in the nation’s history in living memory, according to research.
The nationally representative Stress in America 2020 report by the American Psychological Association consisted of two surveys conducted by The Harris Poll. The first, carried out between May 21 and June 3, involved 3,013 adults living in the U.S. and focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. A separate poll involving 2,058 U.S. adults looked at civil unrest in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd last month.
As many as 83 percent of those who took part in the civil unrest survey said the future of the nation is a significant source of stress, up from 66 percent last year. Some 72 percent think this is the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember, spiking by 16 percentage points since both 2018 and 2019.