TOXIC ELEC­TION SYN­DROME

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Even the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports that the 2016 elec­tion is “one of the most ad­ver­sar­ial con­tests in re­cent his­tory” — one that dom­i­nates “ev­ery form of mass me­dia” says the group, which rep­re­sent 117,500 clin­i­cians, sci­en­tists and con­sul­tants. The shrill combo of pol­i­tics and me­dia has yielded re­sults: 52 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say the elec­tion is “a sig­nif­i­cant source of stress.” The toxic elec­tion syn­drome ap­pears to spare no one. It doesn’t mat­ter whether you’re Demo­crat or Repub­li­can, says Lynn Bufka, spokes­woman for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which found that 59 per­cent of Repub­li­cans and 55 per­cent of Democrats suf­fer from elec­tion stress.

The psy­chol­o­gists blame public ar­gu­ment, end­less me­dia cov­er­age and open hos­til­ity in so­cial me­dia for the con­di­tion. Take a walk, they say. Spend time with fam­ily or friends. Lim­it­ing ex­po­sure to news cov­er­age — and even the sim­ple act of vot­ing — is a panacea.

“What­ever hap­pens on Nov. 8, life will go on,” ad­vises Ms. Bufka.

But it’s complicated. The public re­mains un­easy about the na­tion it­self.

“With the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion less than a month away, 28 per­cent of Amer­i­cans are sat­is­fied with the way things are go­ing in the U.S. This con­tin­ues the low sat­is­fac­tion lev­els that started near the end of the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion and have per­sisted un­der Pres­i­dent Obama. Sat­is­fac­tion re­mains sig­nif­i­cantly below the his­tor­i­cal average of 37 per­cent since Gallup be­gan mea­sur­ing it in 1979,” re­ports Gallup. And the par­ti­san di­vide: 8 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 24 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 49 per­cent of Democrats say they’re sat­is­fied with the state of things.

“Amer­i­cans’ low sat­is­fac­tion level could af­fect voter turnout on Nov. 8. When cit­i­zens are frus­trated with the way things are go­ing in the na­tion, they may be mo­ti­vated to vote for change. Al­ter­na­tively, their frus­tra­tion could dis­cour­age them from vot­ing,” the poll noted. Mate pre­date the found­ing of this coun­try. Be­ing known by your job ti­tle was a sense of pride,” the pe­ti­tion ad­vises.

Navy of­fi­cials an­nounced plans to cre­ate more “gen­der neu­tral” rat­ing ti­tled on Septem­ber 29.

“One by one cur­rent lead­er­ship con­tin­ues to erode the very things that set the Navy apart from the other ser­vices,” the pe­ti­tion noted. If it ac­crues 100,000 by the end of Oc­to­ber, the pe­ti­tion will be el­i­gi­ble for an of­fi­cial White house re­sponse. and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives — do­nated to Demo­cratic can­di­dates. Seven gave money to Repub­li­cans.

“The most dra­matic fi­nan­cial fa­voritism is shown by em­ploy­ees of The New York Times: since Jan­uary 1, 2008, 68 em­ploy­ees of the Times have do­nated ex­clu­sively to Democrats or Demo­cratic PACs, to just three em­ploy­ees who do­nated to a Repub­li­can,” re­ports Tim Gra­ham, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor for the con­ser­va­tive press watch­dog.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion re­ports a spike in elec­tion­re­lated stress, but says vot­ing can help al­le­vi­ate symp­toms.

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