Health Editor’s Note: These are the results of a third Harris Poll that the APA has used to gauge mental health and stress due to pandemic and various bouts of civil unrest. The results are a bit of a surprise to me as I experience Democrats being blamed by Republicans for the alarm at how the pandemic is continuing. From the beginning of this pandemic, there has been a real sense of unrest, often fear, despair, anger and we have gone through the stages of learning, being on lockdown, physical distancing, mask wearing, etc. and for many this has become the new normal, but with that feeling, there will be a disregard for safety, which does not bode well for containing COVID-19. …Carol
Majority of Republicans and Democrats reassured by COVID-19 preventative measures but stressed about nationwide uncertainty
WASHINGTON — While the issue of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continues to be highly politicized, a new survey by the American Psychological Association shows a consensus among Republicans and Democrats: A majority of Republicans (65%) and Democrats (88%) report that they find preventive measures like wearing masks and physical distancing are reassuring, and agree that it is stressful to be around others when they do not take these steps (66% Republicans, 87% Democrats).
Meanwhile, the unpredictability in our nation is causing stress across party lines as well. Most adults from both parties say the current amount of uncertainty in our nation causes them stress (67% Republicans, 76% Democrats), and similar proportions cite the political climate as a significant source of stress in their life (62% Republicans, 77% Democrats).
“As our nation continues to grapple with so much adversity, it is reassuring to see that we stand united on important issues that will help our nation heal,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer. “The coronavirus doesn’t recognize political boundaries, so our country will be best served if we come together in a bipartisan effort in this historic fight to overcome the pandemic — a common enemy.”