Chart of the day: Trump-fueled American angst

From Gallup, charting the rise in the number of Americans who answer yes to the question “Did you experience the following during a lot of the day yesterday? How about worry?”:


From the report:

Gallup and Healthways analyzed Americans’ daily reports of worry during four periods: the month leading up to the Nov. 8 election (Oct. 1-Nov. 7), the month following the election (Nov. 9-30), the start of the new year up to the inauguration (Jan. 2-19) and the month after inauguration (Jan. 21-Feb. 16).

The percentage of Americans who say they experienced daily worry increased 1.6 points in the first month after Trump’s election, from 29.2% to 30.8%. In January prior to Inauguration Day, it edged up 0.9 points and then rose another 1.6 points in the first month of Trump’s presidency. This 4.1-point rise in worry since October is the largest increase seen over a four-month period since the 5.4-point increase recorded in June through October 2008, during the Great Recession and leading up to the financial meltdown that fall.

The 33.3% of Americans feeling worried since Trump’s inauguration is the highest monthly average since the 33.7% recorded in September 2011, following the U.S. debt ceiling crisis and Standard & Poor’s downgrading of the U.S. credit rating. It is also similar to levels seen during the Great Recession in 2009.


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