Election fatigue and even election sickness now appears to be gripping the nation. Blame it on shrill news coverage, chaotic details, emotional pressures and persistent partisan discord, perhaps. Weary Americans are uneasy about election day, now 42 days off and closing in fast. Things have gotten so challenging that the medical community has noticed.
“Is the election making you sick?” asks Dr. Robert Glatter, a New York City emergency room physician and contributor to Forbes magazine. He calls the combination of election and non-stop media attention a “life stressor” with serious physical effects. Dr. Glatter counsels voters to be alert for increased blood pressure, fluttering heartbeats, headaches, nausea and other telltale symptoms of “election-related stress” — and seek relief through less exposure to news coverage and social media. Yoga, meditation and even psychotherapy could help as well, he says.
The good doctor has a point. A Pew Research Center poll revealed that six-out-of-10 Americans said they were “exhausted” by the constant barrage of campaign coverage — and that was in July. Though voters remain interested in the election, they are tired of news about the nominees’ personal lives, back-and-forth comments and ever-changing horserace numbers. The survey also found that 55 percent think the press pays too little attention to substantial policy issues.
Election stress can take a toll, meanwhile. A new Gallup poll has a disquieting headline: “Americans less sure they’ll vote for president”. The survey found that 69 percent of the nation are sure they will vote on November 8, — but this is down from 76 percent in 2012 and 80 percent in 2008. The Grand Old Party may be relieved to know that Republicans are more likely to vote this year, Gallup found.
“By 76 percent to 65 percent, Republicans remain more likely than Democrats to say they will definitely vote, a gap that is similar to 2012, but higher than in previous elections,” notes analyst Lydia Saad. is using the people’s sovereign power in ways that need to be redirected, as if people mattered first,” Mr. Nader observes, adding that he himself still has “a relentless thirst for justice for the people and the environments of the world.”
Mr. Nader was third party presidential candidate in 2000, running as a Green Party candidate and ultimately carrying home almost three percent of the popular vote. He also ran in 2004 and 2008 as an independent.
Only 69 percent of the nation are sure they will vote Nov. 8, a poll found.